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Graham Nash schedules new US solo concerts in March 2020

Graham Nash wrapped up a fall U.S. solo tour last week, but the folk-rock legend already has plans to mount a new series of stateside shows in March of 2020.

Nash currently has nine concerts lined up, all of which are in the Eastern U.S. The dates span from a March 4 performance in York, Pennsylvania, through a March 19 show in Clearwater, Florida. Tickets for all of the concerts are on sale now.

The gigs are dubbed "An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash," and will feature Graham playing tunes from throughout his long career, including material from Crosby, Stills & NashThe Hollies and his solo albums.

The 77-year-old, two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee's latest album is 2018's Over the Years…, a best-of compilation that features highlights from his post-Hollies career, as well as a variety of demo recordings, most of which had been previously unreleased:

Here are all of Nash's confirmed 2020 concerts:

3/4 -- York, PA, Strand Theatre
3/7 -- Ithaca, NY, State Theatre
3/8 -- Buffalo, NY, Asbury Hall
3/10 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
3/12 -- Newton, NJ, The Newton Theatre 
3/13 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
3/17 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
3/18 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
3/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall Capitol Theatre

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Iconic Jefferson Airplane and Starship singer Grace Slick celebrates her 80th birthday today

Feed this into your head: Grace Slick celebrates her 80th birthday today.

As a member of Jefferson Airplane, the powerhouse singer established herself as one of the iconic voices of the Woodstock era, then found continued success with the more mainstream-rock-oriented spinoff groups Jefferson Starship and Starship.

Prior to joining Jefferson Airplane, Slick sang with another Bay Area band, The Great Society. She replaced the Airplane's original female vocalist Signe Anderson in late 1966 in time to record the group's breakthrough second album, 1967's Surrealistic Pillow. Slick brought two Great Society songs with her -- "Somebody to Love," written by the band's lead guitarist and Grace's then-brother-in-law, Darby Slick, and the self-penned "White Rabbit."

The songs peaked at #5 and #8, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Airplane's biggest hits. The band emerged as one of the leading psychedelic acts in the U.S. and performed at the historic 1967 Monterey Pop and 1969 Woodstock festivals. In 1971, Slick and band mate Paul Kantner had a daughter, China Kantner.

After Airplane's 1972 breakup, Grace and Paul formed Jefferson Starship. Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin soon joined the group, scoring hits such as "Miracles," Count on Me," "With Your Love" and "Runaway."

Slick and Balin left the band in 1978, but Grace rejoined in 1981. After Kantner quit Jefferson Starship in 1984, the group changed its name to Starship and proceeded to score three #1 hits -- "We Built This City," "Sara" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."

Grace took part in a Jefferson Airplane reunion album and tour in 1989 but retired from music after the trek ended. Since then, she's focused on painting.

Slick was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Jefferson Airplane in 1996.

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Alice Cooper discusses being an onstage fiend and an offstage Mr. Nice Guy on new episode of 'The Big Interview'

lice Cooper is the latest rock legend to appear on the Dan Rather-hosted AXS TV series The Big Interview, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

On the program, the 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer discusses how his over-the-top onstage persona -- who in concert battles monsters, carouses with a boa constrictor and gets his head chopped off by a guillotine -- differs from the guy he is in the real life.

In a sneak peek of the episode, the shock rocker who was born Vincent Furnier, admits that early in his career, when he was heavily into drugs and alcohol, he tried to be the Alice Cooper character all the time.

"I got to a point where I didn't really know where Alice began," he explains. "And if I went out to a bar that night, [I'd think,] 'Well, do I take the snake? Do I put the makeup on? I don't want to disappoint anybody'…[W]hen I got sober, I realized that I had to separate the two, that Alice is a character that I get to play onstage."

Reflecting on his life offstage, Cooper notes, "I have three grandsons. My wife and I, we go to church on Sunday. I was on the PTA...I coach Little League, you know. The kids had no idea I was Alice Cooper. I was Coach Cooper."

The singer adds that in being able to have that separation "made the Alice character even better, more intense, 'cause I got to play him. I didn't have to be him all the time."

Alice describes his stage persona as "a very arrogant villain…[a] very condescending, Alan Rickman type…And the audience loves that."

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Release of massive 'Pink Floyd The Later Years' box set pushed back to December 13

The recently announced Pink Floyd The Later Years box set will arrive a bit later than originally expected. The massive collection, which salutes the legendary U.K. band's output from 1987 onward, now will be released on December 13, two weeks later than initially reported.

The 16-disc collection features five CDs, six Blu-rays and five DVDs, and includes remixed versions of the band's A Momentary Lapse of Reasonand The Division Bell studio albums, and the live album Delicate Sound of Thunder, as well as over 13 hours of unreleased audio and video. The latter material includes a previously unreleased 1989 concert in Venice, Italy, and a 1990 show in Knebworth, U.K.

The Later Years box set also features a restored and reedited version of the Pulse concert film; surround mixes of A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell; unreleased 1994 studio recordings that served as the basis for Pink Floyd's 2015 studio album The Endless River; and a full-length film about the making of

The collection will include the first-ever release -- on Blu-ray, DVD and 7-inch vinyl -- of David GilmourRick Wright and Nick Mason's final performance together: a rendition of "Arnold Layne" from a 2007 Syd Barretttribute concert in London.

Besides all the audio/visual material, the package comes with reproductions of tour artwork, posters, programs and memorabilia, two 7-inch vinyl singles in new picture sleeves, a lyric book and a 60-page book of photos.

A previously announced "highlights" package from the box set, which includes a 24-page booklet, will be released November 29 as a two-LP set or a single CD.

The whole package is available for pre-order now. Full details are at PinkFloyd.com.

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Bon Jovi releasing new song, "Unbroken," on Friday

Bon Jovi is back.

The New Jersey rockers are releasing a new song at midnight on Friday.  It’s called “Unbroken,” and according to a post on the band’s Twitter, it was written for the documentary To Be Of Service, which is about military veterans and their service dogs.

All proceeds from downloads of the song will go the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation.  No word on whether the adorable Belgian Malinois that helped take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will be getting a bonus for being a very good boy.

This is the first new music from Jon Bon Jovi and the guys since a pair of tracks that came out in 2018: “When We Were Us” and “Walls.”  Their last album, This House Is Not for Sale, came out in 2016.

While on his fan cruise over the summer, Jon told fans that the new Bon Jovi album would be called 2020.   Last month, he told Extra that the project was “a real statement record…it’s not political but it’s very socially conscious…just awareness of so many things going on in the world right now.”

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Ringo Starr and Dave Grohl talk Nirvana, drum technique & losing band mates

Ringo Starr and Foo Fighters frotnman/Nirvana drummer Dave Grohlinterview each other for the latest installment of Rolling Stone's ongoing "Musicians on Musicians" series. 

During the far-reaching conversation -- "Two drummers, they'll blah their a**es off forever," the Beatles legend cracks -- Starr and Grohl talk about various topics, including how neither of them ever actually practices playing drums, and what Ringo thought of Nirvana when he first heard them.

"Absolutely great, and the man himself [Kurt Cobain] had so much emotion," Starr says. "That's what I loved. I'm an emotional guy. No one can doubt Nirvana, ever."

Of course, both Starr and Grohl share the unfortunate history of playing in bands led by singers who tragically died young. Speaking about Nirvana and Cobain led Starr to recall how he learned about John Lennon's death.

"I was getting a phone call from my step kids in L.A. saying, 'Something's happened to John,'" Starr remembers. "And then they called and said, 'John's dead.' And I didn't know what to do. And I still well up [with tears] that some bastard shot him."

Speaking about his experience with loss, Grohl shares how he felt on the few occasions he's played Nirvana songs since Cobain's death.

"It's a funny feeling, because it feels like you're back together with your friends from the band, but there's just something missing," Grohl explains.

But, he continues, "It was such a trip for just the three of us to be playing again; it fits," referring to bassist Krist Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear.

Dave adds, "It's so easy. A couple of downbeats, and it sounds like Nirvana when Krist and I play together. Nobody else makes that sound." Interestingly, a couple times that Grohl played with his Nirvana band mates were also with Paul McCartney.

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John Oates playing Johnny Cash tribute show in Nashville next month

Hall & Oates' John Oates is part of an eclectic lineup of music artists who will perform at Cash Fest, a tribute show to late country legend Johnny Cash taking place November 10 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

The bill also includes Johnny's son John Carter Cash, and John Carter's wife, Ana Cristina; Johnny's stepdaughter Carlene Carter, who will perform with The Carter Family; country stars Little Big TownMidlandand Cam; actor/singer Dennis QuaidJane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell; pop-rocker Elle King; and rock singer Grace Potter.

For ticket info, visit WMARocks.com.

Cash Fest is being held in conjunction with the new documentary The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash, which premieres November 11 on YouTube. Net proceeds from the event will benefit MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, which provides medical, financial and personal assistance to in-need music community members. The show is the latest in an ongoing series of tribute events curated by The Best Fest, which also has organized concerts paying homage to Bob DylanTom PettyNeil YoungGeorge HarrisonBrian Wilson and The Rolling Stones.

Oates has a series of fall concerts on his 2019 schedule with his solo backing group The Good Road Band. Here they are:

11/9 -- Cape May, NJ, Exit Zero Jazz Festival - Cape May Convention Hall
11/19 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
11/20 -- Bonita Springs, FL, SouthWest Florida Event Center 
11/22 -- Clearwater, FL, Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
11/23 -- Stuart, FL, The Lyric Theatre
11/24 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
12/1 -- Boston, MA, The City Winery Boston

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Jon Bon Jovi makes surprise appearance to induct Southside Johnny into the New Jersey Hall of Fame

Jon Bon Jovi made a surprise appearance at the ceremony honoring the New Jersey Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 inductees, held Sunday at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. The singer was on hand to welcome John "Southside Johnny" Lyon into the Hall, NJ.com reports.

While introducing Southside Johnny who, with his group The Asbury Jukes, emerged from the same Jersey shore scene as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi declared, "I always wanted to be an Asbury Juke."

In his acceptance speech, Lyon said, "I'm very proud to be from New Jersey, and when we started out making music, making records, that was not something you would say."

Bon Jovi, who was himself inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2009, joined Lyon for a performance of the Jukes' signature hit, "I Don't Want to Go Home" -- one of many songs that Little Steven Van Zandt wrote for Southside Johnny and the band.

The Smithereens were also inducted during the ceremony, with founding E Street Band bassist Gary Tallentwelcomed the group into the Hall of Fame.

On hand to accept the honor were the group's three surviving founding members -- drummer Dennis Diken, guitarist Jim Babjak and bassist Mike Mesaros -- as well as the daughter of frontman Pat DiNizio, who died in 2017 at age 62.

The Smithereens closed out the ceremony with a performance featuring two guest singers: Marshall Crenshaw and Gin Blossoms frontman Robin Wilson. Crenshaw and Wilson have performed regularly with the band since DiNizio's death.

Also among the event's 24 inductees: Martha StewartSeinfeld star Jason Alexander and Game of Thronesauthor George R.R. Martin and gold medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez.

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Santana announces Miraculous 2020 World Tour; Carlos Santana featured on new single by rapper Tyga

Santana has announced the first dates of a global trek that will launch next year dubbed the Miraculous 2020 World Tour. The confirmed shows include a string of European concerts that kick off March 13 in Bologna, Italy, and are mapped out through an April 5 performance in Helsinki, Finland.

The tour will see the legendary band continuing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its smash 1999 comeback album Supernatural while also marking the 50th anniversary of the group's classic second album, 1970's Abraxas.

Besides showcasing songs from the two aforementioned albums, the 2020 Santana concerts will include tunes from throughout the band's 50-year career, as well as featuring what guitarist Carlos Santana calls "the new hymns and songs of tomorrow."

In addition, the Rock & Roll Hall of famers will be playing material from Santana's 2019 studio effort, Africa Speaks, which was produced by acclaimed producer Rick Rubin and featured lead vocals by the award-winning Spanish singer Buika.

"When you come to a Santana concert, the miraculous happens. Miraculous means, transforming darkness into delight," Carlos says with regard to the 2020 trek. "I feel like a 20-year-old on stage playing with this band, and they deliver high energy on every song."

Leading up to the Miraculous 2020 tour, Santana has 16 concerts scheduled at the House of Blues in Las Vegas between now and early February as part of the group's ongoing residency there. They'll also be playing a concert at San Francisco's Chase Center on November 12.

In other news, Carlos has contributed his guitar talents to a new single called "Mamacita" by rapper/singer Tyga, which also features rapper YG. Carlos also appears in the video for the tune, which you can watch at Tyga's official YouTube channel.

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Report: Prince once wrote a letter complaining about Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran

A new Prince book called The Beautiful Ones is coming out on Tuesday. It's a collection of never-before-seen photos, lyric sheets, letters, cartoons and other writings by the legendary singer, as well as parts of a memoir he'd started before his death. But it appears that the book also reveals how Prince felt about the current state of pop music prior to his tragic passing in 2016.

The British paper The Guardian has interviewed Dan Piepenbring, with whom Prince was writing the memoir, and who ended up completing The Beautiful Ones by going through Prince's vast archives of keepsakes and memorabilia.

According to the Guardian, in those archives was a letter that Prince wrote at some point that was aimed at media conglomerates. He wrote, "We need to tell them that they keep trying to ram Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran down our throats and we don’t like it no matter how many times they play it."

"For someone who spent much of his career saying he didn’t like to dwell on the past, it seems like he was hanging on to everything -- wedding programs, wedding gifts, a set of his-and-hers bowling balls," Piepenbring tells the paper. "The sheer quantity of paper was surprising. There was no real method to the madness."

The book also includes Prince's handwritten treatment for Purple Rain, as well as candid photos and Prince's recollections of his childhood.

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The Who's Pete Townshend says his 2003 child-pornography arrest may have saved his life

In 2003, The Who's Pete Townshend was arrested on child-pornography charges after he paid to access a website containing illicit images.  Although he was cleared of any major crimes after authorities determined that he didn't download any photos from the site, the incident seriously damaged the rock legend's reputation. Now, in a new interview with U.K. newspaper The Mail on Sunday's Event magazine, Townshend says his arrest actually may have saved his life, because it indirectly led to him discovering he had colon cancer.

"While I was waiting for the police to go through my computers, I decided to have [a] long-postponed colonoscopy," he explains to Event. The exam revealed that he had a cancerous polyp, which his doctor told him "'would have killed you in six months'...So it sort of saved my life."

Townshend claimed that he accessed the website because he was researching child abuse and was interested in proving that big banks were involved in the child-pornography industry.

Pete wound up receiving a police caution and was placed on the U.K.'s Sex Offenders Register for five years.

The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer adds, "The arrest saved my life in other ways too because it freed me from this notion that I could fix everything. The arrogance of the charity work, the arrogance of the mentor, my white knight syndrome."

Meanwhile, Townshend is preparing to release his first novel, The Age of Anxiety, on November 5. Pete says he's planning to eventually create an art installation and extravagant stage performance based on the book, while revealing that he's already sold the movie rights.

"It's such an ambitious project, it's so expensive, I've been paying for it by going on tour with The Who," Townshend maintains.

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Zombies singer Colin Blunstone says he hopes band's next album will be ready for release in 2020

The Zombies recently finished up a U.S. tour that featured headlining shows and joint dates with Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson's solo band. During the trek, the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees debuted two songs -- "Merry Go Round" and "For All My Life" -- that they're planning to include on their next studio album.

Founding Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone tells ABC Audio that with the U.S. tour behind them, the band plans to continue work on the project, which will be a follow-up to 2015's Still Got That Hunger.

"Hopefully between now and Christmas there will be an opportunity to put some more tracks down," he says. "And…although it's very difficult saying when an album's gonna be finished...I would hope that there'll be a finished album next year."

While original Zombies bassist Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy performed with the group on the dates with Wilson, Blunstone says only the current lineup -- Colin, founding keyboardist Rod Argent, drummer Steve Rodford, guitarist Tom Toomey and bassist Soren Koch -- is involved in recording the new album.

In addition, Blunstone reveals that he's recorded three or four songs "for a proposed solo album," although he says he's had to "put it on pause for the time being because there's so much live work, and also the Zombies album."

Colin will be playing shows with his solo group in the Netherlands and Belgium next month, and in Spain in December.

Meanwhile, Blunstone reports that an in-depth Zombies documentary is in the works.

"[T]hey filmed us in America and they filmed us in the U.K., they filmed us at home and they filmed us performing concerts," he tells ABC Audio, adding, "I don't have any kind of dates for that to be released and available."

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse's new album, 'Colorado,' released today; Young to become a US citizen next month

ColoradoNeil Young's new album with his frequent backing band Crazy Horsehit stores today. The 10-track collection finds Young delving into familiar topics like his love for wife Daryl Hannah, his concerns over climate change, and his disdain for the current U.S. administration.

While Neil has been outspoken politically via his music and his activist endeavors, as a Canadian citizen, he hasn't been able make his voice be heard by voting. Young tells the Los Angeles Times that's expected to change next month.

"I've passed all the tests; I've got my appointment, and if everything goes as planned, I'll be taking the oath of [U.S.] citizenship [on November 12]," he reveals. "I'll be able to vote."

Neil, who moved to the States more than 50 years ago, adds, "I'm still a Canadian; there's nothing that can take that away from me…But I live down here; I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here -- they're all Americans, so I want to register my opinion."

Colorado is Young's first album with Crazy Horse since 2012, and the first to feature multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren as a member of the group since the 1970s.

As previously reported, the sessions for the album were filmed for the new documentary Mountaintop, which was screened in more than 100 theaters on Tuesday. The film captures Young's volatile interactions with co-producer John Hanlon and other studio staff as he works to get the sound of the tracks to his liking.

"It was a real eye-opener," he says of the flick. "It reveals more about what happens, more than people are used to seeing."

As for whether he'll tour with Crazy Horse to support Colorado, Neil says, "We're just waiting for the right time to do that."

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Super-popular cover band Yacht Rock Revue trades their smooth '70s & '80s hits for original tunes

If you're a fan of "yacht rock" -- the smooth, soft-rock sounds of the '70s and early '80s -- you may have attended a show by the wildly popular Yacht Rock Revue, which sells out venues all over the country thanks to set lists full of hits by Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan,Toto, Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross and more.  But now, this cover band is making original music.

The group, based in Atlanta, will release their first album, Hot Dads in Tight Jeans, on February 21. They've already released the first single and video, "Step," which has a serious Hall & Oates-circa-1982 vibe.

Yacht Rock Revue co-frontman Nick Niespodziani tells Entertainment Weekly, "When you’re a cover band coming out with original music, getting taken seriously is the first hurdle that you have to leap over. So 'Step' felt like the right choice because it’s a mission statement for the whole album in a way. It’s about deciding who you want to be and making the space for that in your life."

Nick is also quick to point out that, despite the ridiculous '70s get-ups and hairstyles they wear, what they do is "honest and unapologetic," and so is the album.

"We are a bunch of 40-year-old dads who are trying to make our first record that people listen to," he notes. "Why not just bear hug it instead of run away from it?"

Yacht Rock Revue will kick off their Hot Dads in Tight Jeans tour January 8 in Lexington, KY.  Visit PleaseRock.com for more info.

Here's the track list for Hot Dads in Tight Jeans:

"The Doobie Bounce"
"Step"
"Bad Tequila"
"You're Welcome, Baby"
"Big Bang"
"Another Song About California"
"House in the Clouds"
"Change of Scene"
"Can't Stop"
"My Favorite Stardust"

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Alice Cooper's "Halloween Horror" playlist features scary songs by him, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest & more

With Halloween almost upon us, Alice Cooper has devised a diabolical 15-song playlist filled with some of the scariest hard-rock songs ever.

"Alice Cooper's Halloween Horror" playlist, which is available now via streaming services, features five of the shock rocker's own songs, as well as tunes by Black SabbathJudas PriestMötley CrüeMetallicaIron MaidenRob Zombie and Mötorhead.

Among the tracks are Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "I Love the Dead," "Welcome to My Nightmare" and "Feed My Frankenstein"; Sabbath's "Iron Man"; Judas Priest's "The Ripper"; Mötley Crüe's "Shout at the Devil"; Metallica's "Of Wolf and Man"; Iron Maiden's "The Number of the Beast"; Zombie's "Living Dead Girl"; and Mötorhead's cover of The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil."

"To help celebrate the Halloween season, I wanted to share some of my favorite songs about the supernatural, the unexplainable and the downright frightening," Says Alice. "Think of it as your Halloween playlist, whether you're tricking or treating this year."

Cooper has also introduced a cool and creepy Halloween-themed Facebook app filter that allows you to try on Alice's black eye makeup via you mobile phone. The "My Nightmare" filter allows you to create and share your own Cooper-inspired image, as well as the ability to add lighting effects or make the image black and white.

Alice kicks off a fall U.S. leg of his Ol' Black Eyes Is Back on November 3 in Fort Myers, Florida. Check out his full schedule at AliceCooper.com.

Here's the full "Halloween Horror" playlist:

"No More Mr. Nice Guy" -- Alice Cooper 
"Desperado" -- Alice Cooper 
"I Love the Dead" -- Alice Cooper 
"Welcome to My Nightmare" -- Alice Cooper 
"Feed My Frankenstein" -- Alice Cooper 
"Living Dead Girl" -- Rob Zombie 
"Iron Man" -- Black Sabbath 
"The Ripper" -- Judas Priest 
"Shout at the Devil" -- Mötley Crüe 
"Of Wolf and Man" -- Metallica 
"The Number of the Beast" -- Iron Maiden 
"If You Have Ghosts" -- Ghost 
"Sympathy for the Devil" -- Mötorhead
"She-Wolf" -- Megadeth 
"Spirit in Black" -- Slayer

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Pete Townshend to perform at US premiere of his wife's orchestral piece Saturday in L.A.

The Who's Pete Townshend will take part in the U.S. premiere of his wife Rachel Fuller's Animal Requiem, an orchestral piece she composed in honor of pets that she and others have lost.  The performance takes place Saturday, October 26, in Los Angeles at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.

Townshend will be singing Paul McCartney's classic Beatles tune "Blackbird" at the event, which also will feature the Hollywood Studio Orchestra, L.A.'s Tonality Choir, two opera singers and a narrated segment by actress and animal-rights activist Jane Lynch.

Fuller, who's worked with Townshend on a number of projects -- including orchestrating the Classic Quadrophenia album and shows -- tells the Los Angeles Times that she wrote Animal Requiem after six of her pet dogs died of old age over the course of five years.

According to a description of the piece, in addition to remembering lost pets, it's also meant to honor people who care about the well being of animals.

"Animals are a huge comfort and extraordinary company," Fuller says in a statement. "They're non-judgmental, they love you unconditionally…Being able to say a proper goodbye gives you some form of closure. I thought we should have that for our animals."

People who attend the L.A. performance are invited to post photos of their departed pets on a board at the venue. Fuller set up a similar board at Animal Requiem's world premiere in January at London's St. James Church.

A studio recording of the piece, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Choir of London and U.K. tenor Alfie Boe, was released in the U.S. in early October. Boe also took part in Classic Quadrophenia.

Tickets for Saturday's performance are available at Ticketmaster.com.

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Elton John reschedules Indianapolis concert due to being "extremely unwell"

Elton John has had his share of health issues over the years, but he really must have been feeling lousy when he scrapped his show Saturday night in Indianapolis.

In a message on Instagram, Elton wrote, "To my dear fans in Indianapolis, it is with the heaviest heart that I'm forced to deliver the news that I am extremely unwell and therefore unable to perform at @bankerslifefieldhouse tonight."

He continued, "I absolutely hate to let my fans down, but I owe it to you to put on the best #EltonFarewellTour show possible and unfortunately that's simply not possible. The date will be rearranged for March 26th 2020, and I promise I will deliver the show you deserve. Thank you so much for your support and understanding."

Elton's next scheduled show is Monday on October 28 in Nashville.

A few days previously, Elton's mother-in-law, Gladys Furnish, passed away.  Elton's husband David wrote on Instagram, "Today I lost my beautiful, angelic Mother. She passed away peacefully in the middle of the night, with me and my brothers by her side."

He continued, "Rest in peace Mum. You lived your life impeccably. I will never forget you. I promise to do my best to pass the gifts you gave to me on to my own beautiful sons."

Longtime Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrere dead at age 71

Longtime Little Feat guitarist and singer Paul Barrere died Saturday morning at UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 71.

"It is with great sorrow that Little Feat must announce the passing of our brother guitarist, Paul Barrere," reads a message from the group's surviving members posted on the band's official website. "We ask for your kindest thoughts and best wishes to go out especially to his widow Pam and children GabrielGenevieve, and Gillian, and to all the fans who were his extended family."

While no cause of death was reported, the message points out that Barrere had been forced to miss Little Feat's current tour "due to side effects from his ongoing treatment for liver disease."

The note ends by saying, "Paul, sail on to the next place in your journey with our abiding love for a life always dedicated to the muse and the music. We are grateful for the time we have shared."

Barrere joined Little Feat in 1972, three years after he unsuccessfully auditioned for the bassist position when the group was being formed.

Paul co-wrote and many songs by Little Feat, including "Down on the Farm" and "Feats Don't Fail Me Now." After founding frontman Lowell George died in 1979, the group disbanded, but reformed in 1988, with Barrere taking on more of a leadership role in the band.

Barrere also released a number of solo albums, and played in a duo with fellow Little Feat guitarist Fred Tackett. In addition, he contributed to albums by a variety of well-known artists, including Bonnie RaittRobert PalmerNicolette Larson and Carly Simon.

Raitt posted a message on her Twitter feed paying tribute to Barrere, calling him "[a] brilliant guitarist, singer and songwriter -- a cornerstone of one of the greatest bands of all time."

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John Fogerty using his Woodstock 50 fee to pay for a house for a in-need veteran in Las Vegas

This November 11, Veterans Day, will be an eventful day for John Fogerty. In addition to the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman's new concert film, 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks, being screened in theaters across the U.S., Fogerty will participate in a special groundbreaking ceremony for a house he's helping to fund for a fortunate veteran in Las Vegas.

The house will be located at Veterans Village, a complex for in-need veterans and their families, founded by philanthropist Dr. Arnold Stalk.

Fogerty is donating the fee he received for the canceled Woodstock 50 festival to pay for the house, one of a series of Veterans Village residences made out of repurposed ocean shipping containers. It will be christened the "Proud Mary John Fogerty Container Home."

John tells ABC Audio that he recalls during an interview after Woodstock 50 was officially canceled, "I said…'I'm not used to getting paid for doing nothing…I think I'll do something for veterans, 'cause that's important to me.'"

He adds, "I get to do some good work with the [Woodstock 50] money, and hopefully help find other angels, other sponsors, who…would love to help us do the same thing."

Following the dedication ceremony, a private screening of the 50 Year Trip film will be held, preceded by an acoustic performance by John and his son Shane, who plays guitar in his touring band.

The Veteran's Day events take place on an off day during Fogerty's next series of Vegas residency shows at the Wynn resort's Encore Theater, which runs from November 6 through November 16.

As previously reported, the 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks film was recorded live at a June 2019 concert in Morrison, Colorado. A companion live album will be released on November 8.

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Elton John admits there are cities on his Farewell Tour he's glad he'll never have to come back to

One reason Elton John wanted to do such a lengthy Farewell Tour is that he wanted to be able to personally say goodbye to all the fans in all the cities around the world who've supported him over the years.  But, he admits that when it comes to certain cities, he says good riddance.

In a cover story for the new issue of Rolling Stone, Elton says, "There are some places you think, 'Thank f*** I don’t have to come back here! Yeah! Bye!' I’m not going to say where, though. Oh, my God. No."

But he's quick to declare that he's "really enjoying" the tour, adding, "If I wasn’t, it would be an awful long way to go without enjoying something. There’s something about the American audiences. They’re more effusive. More stoned.”

"Ten years ago I never thought I’d be saying goodbye on the road. But I didn’t have a family, and I love it more than anything else," Elton continues, as part of a conversation with alt-pop singer Lana Del Rey.

"If we hadn’t had children, [my husband] David [Furnish] and I would have been two very wealthy gay guys going around the world, but to what purpose?" he asks rhetorically. "The purpose now is to make sure that our boys have the best education, the best chance of doing things, and, most of all, they’re filled with love."

"And that they have fun," he adds. "Because, boy oh boy, do they give us a lot of fun."

As for Lana Del Rey, Elton's a big fan.  He tells the critically-acclaimed singer that female artists like her, teen pop sensation Billie Eilish and Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves, "are leading the way."

"They’re writing about their life," he explains. "That’s what moves me."

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Elton John, Queen among artists scoring American Music Awards nominations

The nominations for the 2019 American Music Awards, and while the vast majority of the artists in the running for honors this year are contemporary acts, a couple are veteran superstars -- Elton John and Queen.

Elton received a nod for the Tour of the Year trophy for his ongoing Farewell Yellow Brick Road trek. The pop-rock legend will compete for the prize against his pal Ed SheeranBTSAriana Grande and Pink.

Queen is vying for the Favorite Soundtrack honor for the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack. The other nominees in the category are the A Star Is Born soundtrack by Lady Gagaand Bradley Cooper and the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack.

Scoring the most 2019 AMA nominations is rapper-singer Post Malone, who nabbed seven.

The 2019 American Music Awards will air live from Los Angeles Sunday, November 24, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

To vote your favorites, visit TheAMAs.com.

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Todd Rundgren discusses his passion for embracing the new in clip from new episode of AXS TV's 'Mixtape'

Todd Rundgren is featured on the latest episode of the AXS TV series Mixtape, airing tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

The show features the prolific artist, who recently was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for a second straight year, sharing stories about his experiences as a producer and a musician with such legends as Janis JoplinThe Who's Pete Townsend and George Harrison.

In a preview clip from the program, Todd explains why he always is interested in exploring uncharted musical territory with every new project.

"I didn't like the idea of being compared to other people," he declares. "I thought, 'I have to do something nobody else can do or would do, or else what's the point?...What's the point of constantly trying to pursue and figure out what it is that the audience wants to hear instead of doing what you want to do?'"

Rundgren also maintains that he constantly finds himself asking such questions as "'Is what I'm doing any relevant?' 'Am I simply doing this out of habit?' [and] 'Does it still thrill me to do it?'" He adds, "And I expect the same from my contemporaries."

As with every guest featured on Mixtape, Todd has created a personal playlist that includes some of his favorite all-time songs, as well as tunes that shaped their lives and impacted their careers. Rundgren's mixtape features an entire compilation of recordings by blues greats Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, and nods to the singers he currently is touring with on the "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today" White Album tribute trek -- Christopher CrossThe MonkeesMicky DolenzBadfinger's Joey Molland and ex-Chicago singer Jason Scheff.

Here's Todd's complete mixtape:

"Overture Candide" -- Leonard Bernstein, Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by John Williams
"Stranger on the Shore" -- Acker Bilk
"Walk, Don't Run" -- The Ventures
"The Locomotion" -- Little Eva
"The Wah Watusi" -- The Orlons
"The Train a-Rollin'" -- The Yardbirds
"Snatch It Back and Hold It" -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"Ships on the Ocean" -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"Hound Dog" -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"In the Wee Hours" -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"Hey Lawdy Mama" -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"Hoodoo Man Blues" -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"Early in the Morning" -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"We're Ready" -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"You Don't Love Me Baby" -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"Chitlin con Carne" -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"Yonder Wall" -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"Hoodoo Man Blues" (alternate version) -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"Chitlin con Carne" (alternate version) -- Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
"The Rubberband Man" -- The Spinners
"Listen to the Clock on the Wall" -- The O'Jays
"Don't Wonder Why" -- Stevie Wonder
"Main Titles (Overture)" -- Louis and Bebe Barron
"That's Right, You're Wrong" -- Woody's Truck Stop (featuring Todd Rundgren)
"Born in Chicago" -- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
"Crossroads" (Live) -- Cream
"My Generation" -- The Who
"Forget All About It" -- Nazz
"Hello It's Me" -- Todd Rundgren
"Send in the Clowns" -- Judy Collins
"Good Vibrations" -- Todd Rundgren
"Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" -- Todd Rundgren
"Day After Day" -- Badfinger
"Bat Out of Hell" -- Meat Loaf
"Piece of My Heart" -- Janis Joplin
"One Night Stand" -- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
"Hair" -- Original Broadway Cast of Hair
"Can We Still Be Friends?" -- Todd Rundgren
"Tin Foil Hat" -- Todd Rundgren with Donald Fagen
"Deaf Ears" -- Todd Rundgren with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
"Ride Like the Wind" -- Christopher Cross
"Baby Blue" -- Badfinger
"What Kind of Man Would I Be?" -- Chicago
"I'm a Believer" -- The Monkees
"Come" -- Todd Rundgren

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David Bowie featured on 'Peaky Blinders' soundtrack

David Bowie is among the many artists who are featured on the upcoming soundtrack to the British TV crime drama series Peaky Blinders.

The 49-track collection, due out November 15, includes Bowie's song "Lazarus," which appeared on the late rock legend's final studio album, 2016's Blackstar.

The album also features ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White's cover of U2's "Love Is Blindness," British singer/songwriter Richard Hawley's rendition of Bob Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin Man," and U.K. folk artist Laura Marling's cover of Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall."

Other artists on the soundtrack include The White StripesDan AuerbachBlack Sabbath and Joy Division.

The album marks the first official soundtrack for Peaky Blinders, which first premiered in 2013. The show is available on Netflix in the U.S.

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Born to Screen: Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Stars' film gets wide theatrical release today

Watch video! Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars movie gets a wide theatrical release today, after being shown in select theaters across North America on October 19 and 23.

As previously reported, the film features Springsteen performing all 13 songs from his latest album, Western Stars, in front of a small audience in a barn at his New Jersey residence. He's accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra and some of the musicians who contributed to the record, including his wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa.

Interspersed between the performances, the film features archival home movies and new footage capturing the Boss at Joshua Tree National Park, accompanied by Bruce's narration as he muses on themes he tackled in Western Stars' songs.

During an interview at the BFI London Film Festival this month, Springsteen -- who co-directed Western Starswith frequent collaborator Thom Zimny -- explained how the concept for the project came together.

"I knew I wasn't going to tour [behind the Western Stars album], so I said, 'Well…maybe we could just film a concert,'" he noted. "But I said, 'It was new music, so how am I going to introduce people to the internal life of the songs?' And so that led to writing a script, which is all the spoken pieces, and then filming the interstitial pieces…out in the Southwest, [at] Joshua Tree."

Zimny recalled that he'd been editing the concert footage when Springsteen let him know he'd written a script, which, the filmmaker said, "was the moment I knew the film had just changed." Added Bruce, "Those pieces really ended up turning it into a film rather than a concert picture."

The Western Stars soundtrack, which features live versions of the album's songs, plus a cover of the Glen Campbell hit "Rhinestone Cowboy," also gets released today.

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Queen Enlist Fans Around the World for Three New Music Videos

Queen tapped 10,000 people from 120 countries to help them create three new music videos for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “A Kind of Magic.”

Queen, YouTube Music, Universal Music and Hollywood Records came up with the fan music video initiative as a way to celebrate the original “Bohemian Rhapsody” clip becoming the first pre-Nineties music video to reach one billion views on YouTube.

Each video called for a different kind of submission — with the “Bohemian Rhapsody” video, for instance, fans were asked to play and sing the song any way they wanted, while the “Don’t Stop Me Now” video called for dancing and “A Kind of Magic” called for visual art and animation.

Each clip is effortlessly endearing, especially the “Bohemian Rhapsody” video. While the clip features musicians playing the song on everything from drums, guitar, piano and bass to water glasses, harps, bassoons and xylophones, its myriad facets were expertly stitched together by DJ Earworm, who is best known for his end-of-the-year pop mash-ups.

 

 

Meanwhile, the “Don’t Stop Me Now” video boasts fans from around the world performing a unique dance crafted by Polly Bennett, who served as the choreographer on the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. And the “A Kind of Magic” clip showcases the artistry of Queen fans, incorporating everything from painting and digital animation to graphic design, sand art and flowers.

In a statement, Queen guitarist Brian May said of the videos, “It’s one of the most rewarding things that can happen to an artist of any kind: to see that our work has inspired folk all around the world to create their own performances and visual art is a thrill. And the diversity of their vision is astonishing. Big thanks to everyone who participated.”

 

 

 

Elton John on Cover on RollingStone

Elton recalls that period in his new autobiography, Me, where he chronicles his journey — from his difficult childhood to addiction struggles, with behind-the-scenes stories about everyone from Princess Diana to Elvis. “I thought, ‘I’m never going to remember anything,’ Elton says. “But once you open that can of worms, it all starts coming out.” He sees the book as a companion to two other retrospective projects: the 2019 film musical Rocketman, and his three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which may end up being one of the highest-grossing tours of all time. He played yesterday in Anaheim, California, and has another show there tonight. “I’m really enjoying it,” he says. “If I wasn’t, it would be an awful long way to go without enjoying something. There’s something about the American audiences. They’re more effusive. More stoned.”

Before their interview begins, Elton excuses himself to change into a sparkling red, white, and blue tracksuit and bedazzled sunglasses — his preshow outfit. “Oh, you little cutie!” Del Rey says as he enters the kitchen. “Can I take a picture, just for my bedside table?” she asks. “Sure,” Elton says, sitting down, crossing his arms, and smirking for the camera. “I know it’s a little creepy,” Del Rey says, “but whatever.” 

 

LANA I read your book. It reminds me of when I read Chronicles, by Bob Dylan, or The Mayor of MacDougal Street [by Dave Van Ronk], and I was like, “Oh, that’s how you do it. This is how I get from where I am to where I’m going.” It was fun to read because everybody always asks me, “Well, how do you do it?” And I’m like, “Well, you play everywhere for no money with anybody who asks you, and do anything you can.”

ELTON Exactly. And you love it, and you don’t care if you don’t have any money.

LANA You almost kind of like it.

ELTON When I look back on the days when I was getting 15 quid a week, playing all those shows, I don’t know how we managed to do it, but it was the most fun. I was just having the time of my life. I would have liked to have been in a more prestigious band. But when I did start to become successful, I drew on all those experiences. I was playing with people like Patti LaBelle and Major Lance. Watching them taught me so much. You have to have that bit of where you’re in the van, playing shit clubs. People who don’t go through that shit never appreciate what they get, and they fade away too soon.

LANA I agree.

ELTON But listen, you survived. You came through that awful thing in that Saturday Night Live [in 2012]. Which was so distressing for someone like me to see someone so crucified. I’ve watched it, and it wasn’t that bad!

LANA It wasn’t terrible!

ELTON It wasn’t terrible at all. I don’t know what the agenda was there, but where was the #MeToo movement there?

LANA Oh, you said it, not me!

ELTON That’s the first time I ever talked to you. I rang you up and said, “Listen, I just want to offer my help. I know you’re sober and everything, but just don’t take any notice of these people.” Most people, that would have flattened them forever. It was an outrageous assault.

LANA What’s weird is, it’s the one night in all my time performing that I wasn’t nervous. I remember the intention I had. Looking back, there was a more eccentric performative approach to it. I was thinking about Maria Callas, or someone darker coming through.

 

ELTON You were still a very, very young artist. I don’t think you should have been put in that position so early on in your career.

LANA What’s funny is, I was selling out arenas for a year before — that’s how the guy who runs it heard about me, because he thought, “This is strange. This girl is selling out arenas, and she has two songs.”

ELTON You recovered from that incredible shellacking. I’m sure it gave you a lot of trauma. But it also gave you incredible backbone. And I didn’t think it was a major fuck-up. I saw Ashlee Simpson and, yeah, that’s a major fuck-up. That’s funny. Not to her it isn’t, but it’s very funny to watch.

LANA I’m not laughing!

Paul McCartney lends song to new video promoting PETA campaign against animal experimentation

Besides being a rock legend, Paul McCartney is a longtime vegetarian and supporter of PETA.  Now he's allowed the animal-rights organization to use his 1993 song "Looking for Changes" in a new campaign against animal experimentation.

An animated video has been created for Sir Paul's tune, which decries the use of animals for scientific testing. The clip features a cartoon likeness of McCartney and also depicts experiments being conducted on a cat, a rabbit and a monkey by a mean scientist.

The video ends happily, with the animals being set free and the scientist revealing that he's changed his ways with regard to the issue. You can watch the clip now at PETA's official YouTube channel.

A press release notes that "McCartney wants you to know that experiments on animals are cruel and pointless." The message also maintains that the National Institutes of Health spends more money than any other organization on animal experimentation -- over $18 billion -- while claiming that the experiments "rarely lead to treatments that can be used to help humans."

PETA also claims that alternatives to animal testing are being developed that are more effective in aiding human health. In addition, the organization notes that an encouraging development occurred in September, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to end toxicity tests on mammals.

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Elton John announces even more 2020 dates for Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour

Elton John doesn't want to say farewell quite yet.

The pop-rock legend has announced even more dates to his Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour. New spring and summer 2020 shows have been added in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Milwaukee; Dallas; and Oklahoma City.

Tickets for Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and Oklahoma City go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, November 1, at 10 a.m. local time. Dallas goes on sale the same day, at noon.

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour kicked off in September 2018 and is expected to run for three years. Elton's next show takes place tonight in Toronto. Visit EltonJohn.com for the full list of upcoming dates.

Here are the new tour dates:

4/23 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
4/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum
6/26 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
7/5 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena

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The O'Jays and Evelyn "Champagne" King inducted into Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame

The O'Jays and Evelyn "Champagne" King were among the seven inductees Tuesday into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney presided over the event, during which bronze plaques were unveiled along the city's Avenue of the Arts in front of Dorrance Hamilton Hall.

You can watch video of the ceremony at the official Facebook page of the Philadelphia Music Alliance, which created the Walk of Fame to honor local music stars and promote the city's contributions to the arts and culture.

After the ceremony, a gala celebration was held at The Bellevue Philadelphia that included performances by The O'Jays and King.

The legendary songwriting and production team of Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff inducted The O'Jays and presented the group with the Philadelphia Award. King was inducted by producer T. Life, who discovered the singer while she working as an office cleaner at Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records. Gamble and Huff are previous Walk of Fame inductees.

Several other Walk of Fame alumni were in attendance at the bash, including Labelle's Sarah Dash.

Proceeds from the gala support the Philadelphia Music Alliance's new Music Education Fund.

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Phil Collins' '...But Seriously' album to be reissued on turquoise vinyl to mark its 30th anniversary

Phil Collins' will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his hit 1989 album …But Seriously by reissuing the four-times-platinum collection as a 180-gram, colored-vinyl two-LP set on November 22.

The limited-edition release will be pressed on turquoise vinyl. In addition, 1,000 copies bundled with a lithograph will be available exclusively at Rhino.com.

…But Seriously was the Genesis singer/drummer's fourth solo studio effort, and spent four nonconsecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 in December 1989 and January 1990. The album featured the chart-topping hit "Another Day in Paradise," and included three other songs that reached the top five of Billboard's Hot 100 -- "I Wish It Would Rain Down," "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" and "Do You Remember?"

"Another Day in Paradise," which featured backing vocals by David Crosby, also won the Grammy for Record of the Year, as well as a Brit Award for British Single of the Year.

The new vinyl edition of …But Seriously features the same updated cover art and remastered audio used in the 2016 expanded CD reissue of the album, which was part of Collin's "Take a Look at Me Now" catalog reissue campaign.

This past week, Phil wrapped up a fall U.S. leg of his Still Not Dead Yet Live! tour.

Here's the track list of the …But Seriously vinyl reissue:

Side A 
"Hang In Long Enough"
"That's Just the Way It Is"
"Do You Remember?"

Side B
"Something Happened on the Way to Heaven"
"Colours"
"I Wish It Would Rain Down"

Side C 
"Another Day in Paradise"
"Heat on the Street"
"All of My Life"

Side D
"Saturday Night and Sunday Morning"
"Father to Son"
"Find a Way to My Heart"

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The Doobie Brothers added to Joe Walsh's 2019 VetsAid charity concert lineup

The Doobie Brothers have joined the star-studded lineup of Joe Walsh's third annual benefit concert for non-profit veterans organization VetsAid, which takes place November 10 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

The band, which recently received its first nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will be performing alongside Walsh, ZZ TopSheryl Crow, country star Brad Paisley and Americana act Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit at the show.

Tickets for VetsAid 2019 are on sale now, and are available at the Toyota Center box office, at ToyotaCenter.com or by calling 1-866-4-HOUTIX.

All net proceeds from the event will go to various charities that support veterans' services charities, which will be chosen via a vetting process in coordination with the National Association of Veterans Serving Organizations.

Active and retired military personnel and their families can purchase discount tickets. Appropriately, the show is scheduled to take place on the eve of Veterans Day.

Meanwhile, Walsh is set to serve as Grand Marshal of the "Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration" on November 11. The Eagles guitarist also will deliver a keynote speech at the event, which will include a parade through the streets of Houston.

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Rick Wakeman's 'Box of Boots' box set, featuring official bootleg recordings of 10 concerts, due in December

Former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman has dug into his archives to compile a new 18-CD box set featuring official bootleg recordings of 10 concerts by his various solo projects.

The Rick Wakeman Box of Boots: Set of 10 Live CDs: Official Bootleg Series collection will be released on December 2, and spans from an October 1974 solo performance in Boston through a July 2014 concert in Tokyo.

Other recordings in the box set include a 1975 performance of Rick's Journey to the Centre of the Earthconcept album in Osaka, Japan; a 1976 concert with the Vienna Ensemble in Vienna, Austria; November 1981 U.K. shows in Preston and Sheffield; a January 2001 concert at Daphne Du Maurier Festival in Fowey, U.K.; and a performance with the English Rock Ensemble at Fairport Convention's 2010 Cropredy Festival in Oxfordshire, U.K.

Each recording features audio that has been cleaned up in the studio. Only 1,000 of the box set will be produced, each coming with a signed and numbered certificate.

The 10 concerts also will be released individually as single CDs or two-CD sets. You can pre-order the Box of Boots collection and the individual shows now at MusicGlue.com.

Wakeman currently has four concerts left on the North American leg of his Grumpy Old Rock Star solo tour. Here are the dates:

10/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/25 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
10/26 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
10/27 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse's new 'Mountaintop' documentary hits North American theaters yesterday

Just a reminder that Mountaintop, the new documentary about the making of Neil Young's upcoming album with his old backing group Crazy HorseColorado, will be screened in over 100 North American theaters tonight, three days before the record's release.

The movie features a behind-the-scenes look at the sessions for Colorado, which were held in a studio located high in the Rocky Mountains. The film captures Young working through the album's 10 songs with his band mates -- bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina and guitarist/keyboardist Nils Lofgren -- and grappling with co-producer John Hanlon as he attempts to get the tracks sounding exactly the way he wants.

Mountaintop also features footage of Young performing some of the new material live in concert.

Visit MountaintoptheMovie.com to buy tickets and find out where it's playing in a theater near you.

In related news, a specially designed Neil Young & Crazy Horse flannel shirt, featuring the band's wild horse logo and the motto "Live Wild, Stay Free" embroidered on the back, will be sold at the screenings and at Young's online store. One-hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the shirts will go toward helping America's wild horses to remain safe and free.

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Neil Diamond to be honored at annual Power of Love gala in Las Vegas

Neil Diamond will feel the power of love this coming March.

The legendary singer/songwriter will be honored at the 24th annual Power of Love gala, staged annually in Las Vegas by Keep Memory Alive. 

Keep Memory Alive is a charity that supports the Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The center works to cure and raise awareness of disease like Alzheimer's, Huntington's, ALS, memory disorders and Parkinson's, which Diamond was diagnosed with in 2018.  Following his diagnosis, Neil retired from touring.

Diamond will appear at the event, and will be the subject of musical tributes by what's described as "an impressive list of contemporary artists," which will be announced later. Performers at past galas have included Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi, Lenny Kravitz, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richieand Stevie Wonder.

In addition to the music, guests will enjoy food from celebrity chefs, live and silent auctions of one-of-a-kind experiences and award presentations.

The Power of Love gala will be held March 7, 2020, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas. Tickets are on sale now at KeepMemoryAlive.org/power-of-love-2020.

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Queen fan? Go see 'We Will Rock You,' the musical about "discovering the Freddie inside yourself"

You've seen Bohemian Rhapsody. You went to the Queen + Adam Lambert concert. Still want more Queen?  Then check out We Will Rock You, the Queen musical, which is currently touring North America.

We Will Rock You, created in 2002 by Queen, their manager Jim Beachand the British comic, author, playwright and screenwriter Ben Elton, uses 24 classic Queen songs to frame the story about a dystopian future where instruments are banned, rock is long forgotten, and a group of outcasts must fight for music, freedom and individuality.

"It was never remotely a sort of [Queen] tribute show," Elton tells ABC Audio. "The characters don't sing it like Freddie [Mercury]...a lot of the songs are sung by women in the show. And the songs are used to power a story: a story about discovering discovering the Freddie inside yourself."

Elton says Queen and Beach came to him in 1999 and said they were developing a stage musical about the band and Mercury, and wanted him to add some comedy to it. 

"I said, 'Look, Jim, I don't think that's the right thing to do,'" Elton recalls. "'I think you should do a story which reflects the spirit of the band, which belongs to the world...It's not just the band. It's all of us."

So, working closely with Queen, Elton created a story inspired by Arthurian legend and, he says, by Mercury's "great crusade to be who he wanted to be."

We Will Rock You became a massive hit, which ran for 12 years in London, and has been staged globally.

But, Elton laughs, "It's interesting that with Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie, they've finally done the thing that, really, Jim Beach approached me with all those years ago."  

Here are the We Will Rock You tour dates:

10/24 -- Cedar Park, TX, H-E-B Center Cedar Park
10/25 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
10/26 -- McAllen, TX, McAllen PAC
10/27 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Center
10/28 -- Jackson, MS, Thalia Mara Hall
10/29 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
10/30 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre
11/2 -- Wilmington, NC, Wilson Center (two shows: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
11/3 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
11/4 -- St. Petersburg, FL, The Mahaffey Theater
11/6 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
11/7 -- Raleigh, NC, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
11/8 -- Ocean City, MD, Ocean City Performing Arts Center
11/9  -- Petersburg, VA, VSU Multipurpose Center
11/10 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center
11/12 -- Oxon Hill, MD, MGM National Harbor
11/13 -- Lowell, MA, Tsongas Center at UMass
11/14 -- New York, NY, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
11/15 -- New York, NY, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
11/16 -- New York, NY, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
11/17 -- New York, NY, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
11/19 -- Rochester, NY, Kodak Center Theatre
11/20 -- Lorain, OH, Lorain Palace Theatre
11/21 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
11/22 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino
11/23 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino
11/24 -- Van Wert, OH, Niswonger Performing Arts Centre
11/26 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
11/29 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, Caesars Windsor Casino
11/30 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, Caesars Windsor Casino (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
12/27 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
12/28 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
12/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
12/31 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (2 p.m.)
1/3 -- Penticton, BC, Canada, South Okanagan Events Centre
1/4 -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada, Abbotsford Centre
1/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
1/11 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
2/7 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre)
2/8 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre) (2 p.m.)

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Respect: Aretha Franklin biopic adds Mary J. Blige, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans and more to cast

The forthcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul, has tapped some heavy hitters for the cast.

According to The Hollywood ReporterForest WhitakerMarlon Wayans, Tony Award-winner Audra McDonaldTituss Burgess, and Mary J. Blige have all been added to the film.

They join previously announced cast members Saycon SengblohHailey Kilgore, Marc MaronTate Donovan and newcomer Skye Dakota Turner.

Whitaker has been cast as Franklin’s father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, while McDonald will play Franklin's mother. Wayans will play Ted White, Franklin’s abusive first husband, whom she married at 19. Blige will play legendary singer Dinah Washington, while Burgess will play The Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, known as "The King of Gospel Music."

Turner, who played young Tina Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, will star as young Aretha. 

As previously noted, the biopic stars Hudson as Aretha and will follow the singer's rise to superstardom, from her childhood singing gospel in her father's church to her emergence as one of the most powerful and influential voices in soul and R&B. The movie will also examine Franklin's impact on the civil rights and women's movements.

The film, penned by screenwriter and producer Callie Khouri, will be directed by Liesl [LEE-suhl] Tommy, who in 2016 became the first black woman ever to receive a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play, for Eclipsed.

Respect will also include a variety of Aretha's most famous songs, including her classic rendition of Otis Redding's "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Do Right Woman - Do Right Man" and "Think."

A release date for Respect has yet to be announced.

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Tito Jackson says he wanted to release his song "One Way Street" as a single so "it could touch more souls"

In 2016, Tito Jackson became the last member of The Jackson Five to release a solo album, Tito Time, and now the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is promoting a new single: "One Way Street," a remix of one of the tracks from the record.  Tito, who celebrated his 66th birthday last week, tells ABC Audio that he decided to release "One Way Street" to radio so "it could touch more souls."

He says the song was inspired by a breakup he went through.

"I loved her dearly, but she wanted to get married really fast, and I was saying…'Just give me a little more time,'" Tito explains. "And, to make a long story short, she couldn't wait, so she [wound] up leaving, and I was just trying to explain to her…'You're not going to find another one like me…I've been good to you, I love you, and you're gonna make a U-turn, but the bridge is going to be burning.'"

Since the release of Tito Time, Tito has been performing one or more of his solo tunes at his concerts with his band The Jacksons, featuring his brothers and fellow Jackson Five members JackieJermaine and Marlon.

"[I]t's been a lot of fun…working with the brothers and having them to sing behind me for once," the guitarist and singer tells ABC Audio.

Earlier this month, Jackson released an official video for the "One Way Street" remix. You can check it out at his official YouTube channel. The track is available now digitally and via streaming services.

The Jacksons currently have just one confirmed upcoming concert on their schedule, a February 28, 2020, show at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

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Ramblin' On: 'Led Zeppelin II' was released 50 years ago today

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin's second album, Led Zeppelin II, which helped further establish the band as one of the world's biggest rock acts.

The album, which arrived nine months after Led Zeppelin's self-titled debut, spent seven nonconsecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The nine-track collection features some of the group's most enduring songs, including lead track "Whole Lotta Love," which became Led Zeppelin's first top 40 hit in the U.S., peaking at #4 on the BillboardHot 100.

Other standout songs include "What Is and What Should Never Be," "Heartbreaker," "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)," "Ramble On" and the ballad "Thank You."

Led Zeppelin II featured two songs that were re-worked versions of old blues tunes: "Whole Lotta Love," which was inspired by the Willie Dixon-penned "You Need Love," and "The Lemon Song," which was based on Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor." The album end's with a cover of Dixon's "Bring It On Home."

The album has sold a whopping 12 million copies in the U.S. alone, and is widely considered among the most influential hard rock records.

Led Zeppelin II was recorded at several studios in the U.S. and London, with guitarist Jimmy Page producing. Eddie Kramer, known for his work with Jimi Hendrix and many other rock greats, engineered several tracks.

An expanded version of the album was released in 2014 as part of Led Zeppelin's catalog reissue campaign, propelling the record back to #9 on the Billboard 200.

Led Zeppelin II landed at #79 on Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Page noted in a 1975 Rolling Stone interview, "On the second LP, you can hear the real group identity coming together."

Here's the Led Zeppelin II track list:

"Whole Lotta Love"
"What Is and What Should Never Be"
"The Lemon Song"
"Thank You"
"Heartbreaker"
"Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)"
"Ramble On"
"Moby Dick" (Instrumental)
"Bring It On Home"

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Broadway gearing up for a 2021 return of 'The Who's Tommy'

Rolling Stone reports that Who fans will have a second chance at catching the five-time Tony Award winning rock musical The Who's Tommy: It's headed back to Broadway in 2021.  The musical is an adaptation of the band's 1969 album Tommy.  

The musical Tommy Walker, who becomes deaf, dumb, and blind after suffering a trauma in his youth, and then evolves into a cult leader after mastering the art of pinball.

The musical first opened in 1993 and closed two years later.  However, fans who caught the original run will notice a different story line this time. Director Des McAnuff announced he retooled the musical for modern audiences.

McAnuff explained, "Tommy combines myth and spectacle in a way that truly soars. The key question with any musical is ‘Does the story sing?’ and this one most certainly does.”

“Tommy is the antihero ground zero. He is the boy who not only rejects adulthood like Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, but existence itself. He becomes lost in the universe as he stares endlessly and obsessively into the mirror at his own image," he adds.

"This gives our story a powerful resonance today as it seems like the whole world is staring into the black mirror. The story of Tommy exists all too comfortably in the 21st century. In fact, time may finally have caught up to Tommy Walker."

In addition to the musical, The Who's Tommy inspired a 1971 rock opera and a 1975 movie.  That film featured an all-star cast: Roger DaltreyElton JohnEric ClaptonJack NicholsonTina Turner, and Ann-Margret.

Tickets for the reinterpreted The Who's Tommy are not yet available, but fans can visit the musical's official website to subscribe and "be the first to know."

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Bruce Springsteen chats with Jimmy Kimmel about music, family, and opening for Cheech & Chong

All this week Jimmy Kimmel is taping his ABC late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Things kicked off Monday with a rare talk show appearance by Bruce Springsteen.

The two chatted about a number of things, including a gig where he opened for the 1970s comedy duo Cheech & Chong back in his early days that went "Up in Smoke."

"I came out and we played about five songs, I thought it was going really good." But, "I was sitting at the piano and somebody tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'That's enough.'"

Springsteen also discussed his concert film and documentary, Western Stars, opening nationwide on Friday.

The Boss says his movie explores people's different definitions of freedom throughout their lives.

"When you're young it's all about, 'I wanna go where I wanna go, I wanna do what I wanna do, I'm gonna be who I wanna be.'"

"That's okay for your 20s," he continues, "But somewhere in your 30s... your definition of freedom has to expand -- family, your civic life... community that you're involved in.  If it doesn't, you get stuck out in the cold."

The two also discussed "Springsteen: His Hometown," which is running through 2020. The exhibit, which focuses on the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's contribution and connection to Monmouth County, New Jersey features more than 150 pieces of memorabilia on display -- including something that surprised him -- a guitar belonging to a member of his family that dates back to the 1800s.

The conversation also turned to Bruce's children, who seem unphased by the fact that their old man is a rock legend: "Kids don't wanna go anywhere and see 50 thousand people cheering for their parents."

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 ET on ABC.

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Gregg Rolie debuts video for new Ringo Starr-inspired song "What About Love"

Founding Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie has just released a video for "What About Love," the lead single from his new solo album, Sonic Ranch. The clip premiered Wednesday on Billboard.com and also can be viewed on Rolie's official YouTube channel.

The 72-year-old who has played in Ringo Starr's All Starr Band since 2012, tells ABC Audio that Starr's famous "peace and love" message was the inspiration for "What About Love."

"I came up with this thing and [the All Starr Band] jammed a little bit of it at a soundcheck, and then nothing ever happened," Rolie recalls. "Then I found the bass line when I went home, and I said, 'I'm gonna record this.' And I just went, 'I'm going to make this "What About Love," based upon [Ringo's peace and love] message.'"

The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee also notes that the song expresses his frustration at the world's current contentious social and political climate.

"I mean, really, quite simply, how about it, you guys?" Gregg declares. "You've tried all this other stuff. Every year, somebody's doing something. It's just a little boring for the average Joe on the street, which I am."

The "What About Love" video features a series of quick-cut clips capturing Rolie working in the studio and rehearsing, as well as footage of him playing live with Neal Schon's Journey Through Time side project along with bassist Mario Mendoza and ex-Journey drummer Deen Castronovo.

"Everyone who's seen [the video] goes, 'You look younger,'" Gregg maintains. "And part of the reason was 'cause I wanted to…have it look the way I feel."

Rolie adds that Starr gave the video a thumbs-up, "He loved it. He goes, 'This is really, really good.'"

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Watch Robby Krieger and Dennis Quaid play "Don't Be Cruel" in clip from new episode AXS TV's 'Mixtape'

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and actor/musician Dennis Quaid are featured on the latest episode of the AXS TV series Mixtape, airing tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

Krieger and Quaid are friends, and Dennis sometimes plays Doors songs in concert with his backing group, The Sharks, and on occasion has even hit the stage with Robby.

On the show, the two stars discuss their all-time favorite songs, one of which is the Elvis Presley classic "Don't Be Cruel."

In a preview clip from the episode, Krieger explains, "'Don't Be Cruel' was like the first Elvis song that got to me. You know, it was rock 'n' roll, but it was nice too. It was like a love song."

Quaid then interjects, "Yeah, but it bounced. It made me bounce."

As the clip winds down, Robby and Dennis play a rendition of the tune acoustically.

In conjunction with the show, Krieger created his own playlist featuring the tunes that shaped his life and impacted his career.  It includes plenty of Doors songs, as well as tunes by Bob DylanEric Burdon and WarThemJoni MitchellThe Beach BoysThe Rolling StonesJohn ColtranePearl Jam and Greta Van Fleet.

His mixtape also features a song by Dennis Quaid & the Sharks, Jose Feliciano's memorable cover of The Doors' "Light My Fire" and -- surprise!-- Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel."

Here is Krieger's full mixtape:

"Ramblin' Blues" -- Ray Koerner & Glover
"The House of the Rising Sun" -- Woody Guthrie
"Granadinas" -- Jaime Grifo and Nino Marvino
"Spanish Caravan" -- The Doors
"Back Door Man" -- John Hammond
"Back Door Man" -- The Doors
"Subterranean Homesick Blues" -- Bob Dylan
"Mr. Tambourine Man" -- Bob Dylan
"Spill the Wine" -- Eric Burdon and War
"Gloria" -- Them
"End of the Night" -- The Doors
"People Are Strange" -- The Doors
"The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany: Alabama-Song" -- Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya and Roger Bean
"Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" -- The Doors 
"Chelsea Morning" -- Joni Mitchell
"Shake Your Money-Maker" -- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
"Break on Through (To the Other Side)" -- The Doors 
"Wouldn't It Be Mice" -- The Beach Boys
"Play with Fire" -- The Rolling Stones
"Light My Fire" -- The Doors
"You're Lost Little Girl" -- The Doors 
"Yes, the River Knows" -- The Doors
"Love Her Madly" -- The Doors
"Touch Me" -- The Doors
"Peace Frog" -- The Doors
"The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" -- The Doors
"Take It as It Comes" -- The Doors
"Birdland" -- Weather Report
"My Favorite Things" -- John Coltrane
"Highway Tune" -- Greta Van Fleet
"Even Flow" -- Pearl Jam
"What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" -- Alton Ellis
"Love Me Two Times" -- The Doors
"Roadhouse Blues" -- The Doors
"Strange 2013" -- Tech N9ne and The Doors
"Breakn' a Sweat" -- Skrillex, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger
"On My Way to Heaven" -- Dennis Quaid & the Sharks
"Riders on the Storm" -- The Doors
"Light My Fire" -- Jose Feliciano
"Light My Fire" -- Minnie Riperton and Jose Feliciano
"Don't Be Cruel" -- Elvis Presley

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Whitney Houston joins Pentatonix for Christmas classic on upcoming best-of holiday album

Sorry, all other Christmas music releases of 2019 -- you're about to get owned.

Pentatonix member Scott Hoying took to Twitter to announce that the group's upcoming compilation, The Best of PTX Christmas, would include a guest appearance by -- wait for it -- Whitney Houston.  He added that the song would be coming "SOON."

The tweet shows the album track listing.  The song "Do You Hear What I Hear" is listed as having a guest artist, whose name is blacked out, but it's clear that the artist is Whitney.  In fact, if you hit "play" on the Instagram post of the track list, her name is slowly revealed.

If you're wondering how Pentatonix pulled this off with the late superstar, Whitney recorded "Do You Hear What I Hear" in 1987 for the benefit album A Very Special Christmas, so it's likely that those vocals have been mixed with the a capella group's version of the tune.

Other guests on the album include Kelly Clarkson, with whom the group toured several years ago, as well as Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Jazmine Sullivan and Maren Morris.

When "Do You Hear What I Hear" is released, it'll mark the second Whitney track released in 2019.  A remixed version of her 1990 version on Steve Winwood's 1986 hit "Higher Love" is climbing the charts right now.

Here's the Best of PTX Christmas track listing:

"Deck the Halls"
"Carol of the Bells"
"God Only Knows"
"Hallelujah"
"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"
"Mary, Did You Know?"
"Joyful, Joyful" ft. Jazmine Sullivan
"Do You Hear What I Hear" ft. Whitney Houston
"Little Drummer Boy"
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
"Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy" ft. Tori Kelly
"White Winter Hymnal"
"Grown-Up Christmas List" ft. Kelly Clarkson
"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
"When You Believe" with Maren Morris
"Here Comes Santa Claus"
"How Great Thou Art" ft. Jennifer Hudson
"That's Christmas to Me"
"Coldest Winter" (Bobby Alt Drum Mix)

 

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Herman's Hermits singer Peter Noone named Entertainer of the Year at 2019 Casino Entertainment Awards

Peter Noone was into something good Wednesday evening in Las Vegas, when the Herman's Hermits frontman was presented with the Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2019 Casino Entertainment Awards.

The British Invasion legend beat out fellow nominees Barry Manilow and country artist Dwight Yoakam for the honor. The ceremony, which took place at the Vinyl club located in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, is held in conjunction with the Global Gaming Expo.

You can check out a photo of Peter receiving the award at his official Instagram page.

Among the many hits Herman's Hermits released during their 1960s heyday were "I'm Into Something Good," "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" and "There's a Kind of Hush." Noone also has acted on Broadway, on London's West End, in films and on TV.

Peter and the current incarnation of Herman's Hermits have more than 50 North American concerts on their schedule, which is mapped out through a June 27, 2020, show in Enoch, Alberta, Canada. Not surprisingly, many of the gigs will be held at casinos.

Here are all of the group's forthcoming North American dates:

10/18 -- Branson, MO, Welk Resort Theatre
10/26 -- Gilbert, AZ, Higley Center for the Performing Arts
11/1 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii
11/2 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii
11/8 -- Schenectady, NY, Rivers Casino
11/9 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/15 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
11/17 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head Tavern
11/22 -- Manchester, NH, The Palace Theatre
11/23 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
11/24 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
11/29 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
12/7 -- St. George, UT, M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center
12/13 -- Rehoboth Beach, DE, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center
12/14 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
12/19 -- Fort Wayne, IN, The Clyde Theatre
12/20 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino
12/21 -- Cincinnati, OH, Ludlow Garage

2020
1/3 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino And Resort Spa
1/5 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
1/9 -- The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe
1/10 -- New Braunfels, TX, Brauntex Theatre
1/11 -- Waukegan, WI, Genesee Theatre
1/17 -- Woonsocket, RI, Stadium Theatre
1/19 -- Miramar Beach, FL, Grand Park Town Center
1/25 -- Hagerstown, MD, Maryland Theatre
1/26 -- Venice, FL, Venice Theatre
1/27 -- Venice, FL, Venice Theatre
1/29 -- Vero Beach, FL, Emerson Centre
1/30 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
1/31 -- Clermont, FL, Clermont Performing Arts Center -- Mainstage
2/1 -- Boca Raton, FL, Florida Atlantic U. -- Kaye Auditorium
2/7 -- Orange Park, FL, Thrasher-Horne Center
2/8 -- Daytona Beach, FL, Peabody Auditorium
2/9 -- Lecanto, FL, Curtis Peterson Auditorium
2/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, South Point Casino
2/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, South Point Casino
2/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, South Point Casino
2/25 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Resort Casino
2/26 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Resort Casino
2/27 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Resort Casino
3/20 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
3/21 -- Tiffin, OH, The Ritz Theatre
3/22 -- Akron, OH, Akron Civic Centre Theatre
5/3 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
5/15 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Epcot -- America Gardens Theatre
5/16 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Epcot -- America Gardens Theatre
5/17 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Epcot -- America Gardens Theatre
5/18 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Epcot --America Gardens Theatre
5/24 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
6/13 -- New Hope, PA, New Hope Winery
6/27 -- Enoch, AB, Canada, River Cree Resort and Casino

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Chicago scheduled new Las Vegas residency in early 2020

That band from the Windy City will be returning to Sin City next year. Chicago has announced plans for a new eight-show Las Vegas residencyat The Venetian Theatre, running from February 28 through March 14.

Tickets for the new Vegas shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 25, at 10 a.m. PT. Chicago fan club members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, October 22, at 10 a.m. PT, while Live Nation customers and members of The Venetian Resort's Grazie loyalty program can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, October 23, at 10 a.m.

You can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, the box offices at The Venetian, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

Besides the residency shows, Chicago has three U.S. concerts on its 2019 tour itinerary, all taking place this week. The band also has lined up a handful of early-spring shows scheduled after the Vegas stand.

Last Friday, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers released a new holiday album called Chicago Christmas on CD, digitally and via streaming services. Vinyl version of the record -- on standard black vinyl and limeted-edition red-and-white vinyl -- will hit stores November 22.

Here are all of Chicago's confirmed upcoming concerts, according to the band's official website:

10/17 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
10/18 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place
10/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Coachman Park

2020:

2/28-29 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theater
3/4, 6-8, 11, 13-14 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theater
3/29 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Theatre
4/11 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino - Island Event Center
4/14 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre
4/16 -- Northfield, OH, MGM Northfield Park
4/17 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
4/18 -- Birmingham, AL, Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center

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Hear Prince's acoustic demo of "I Feel for You" from early 1979

To mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Prince's self-titled second album, which was released on October 19, 1979, the artist's estate has released a previously unheard acoustic solo demo of his classic song "I Feel for You."

The song is now available on streaming services, and as a limited-edition 7" purple vinyl single, which you can order now at Prince's online store. The B-side of the single includes the original studio recording of the song.  The single is only available to order for the next seven days, and will ship around January 31.

The demo was recorded by a 20-year-old Prince during the winter of 1978-1979, and you can hear him pressing the "record" button on a tape recorder and picking up his acoustic guitar before he starts playing and singing. The cassette tape of the recording was recently discovered in Prince's legendary vault.

Michael Howe, the archivist of Prince's vault, says he was "blow away" by the demo, in which Prince shows off his amazing acoustic guitar skills, as well as his falsetto voice.

While "I Feel for You" appeared on the Prince album, it became a smash hit in 1984 when Chaka Khan covered it, and added harmonica by Stevie Wonder and the famous "Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan/let me rock you Chaka Khan" rap by Melle Mel. That version won two Grammys, including Best R&B Song for Prince, as the songwriter.

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Listen to new mix of The Band's classic song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

A newly remixed version of The Band's enduring tune "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" has been released as a digital single and via streaming services.  It's taken from the recently announced 50th anniversary reissue of the group's 1969 self-titled second album.

You also can check out the track now on YouTube.

Besides appearing on The Band, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" was released as part of a two-sided single with "Up on Cripple Creek" and became the group's highest-charting hit, reaching #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song famously was covered in 1971 by Joan Baez, and her version peaked at #3 ion the tally.

As previously reported, the album The Band -- also known as "The Brown Album" -- will be reissued in multiple formats and configurations on November 15.

Among the versions of the reissue is a Super Deluxe box set featuring two CDs, two 180-gram-vinyl LPs, a Blu-ray disc, a 7-inch vinyl single and a hardbound book.

The CDs feature the remastered original album; bonus alternate takes, outtakes and instrumental mixes -- some of which are previously unreleased -- plus The Band's full performance from the 1969 Woodstock festival.  The LPs feature the remastered original album.

The Blu-ray contains high-res stereo and surround mixes of The Band and six unreleased bonus tracks, plus the Classic Albums: The Band making-of documentary. The seven-inch single features "Rag Mama Rag" backed with "The Unfaithful Servant," and is a reproduction of one that was released from the album.

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On new 'Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road' episode, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason recalls how he met Roger Waters

The latest episode of the AXS TV series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road features the longtime AC/DC frontman chatting with Pink Floyddrummer Nick Mason while checking out Mason's impressive rare car collection.

During the show, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Mason recalls how he met band mate Roger Waters and reflects on Pink Floyd's early days.

Nick explains that he, Waters and founding Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright all met while attending the Regent Street Polytechnic school in London.

"We were all training to be architects," he notes, adding with a laugh, "It was architecture's loss, I think, that the music took off…or not."

Mason remembers that he and Waters first crossed paths because Roger knew he had a car and wanted to borrow it.

"I'm not sure that he knew what the car was, because, actually, it was an [old] Austin 7 Chummy, with a top speed of, like, 20 mile an hour and no brakes," Nick points out. "But when he asked whether I might lend it to him, I said 'no.'"

Mason also notes that Waters approached Wright looking to bum a cigarette from him, and Rick turned down his request as well, which, he quips, "sort of set the pattern, really, for the next 50 years."

Johnson then comments that Roger was "a bit of a bum, wasn't he?"

Nick responds, "Listen, it was an important moment [meeting Waters], because if it hadn't been for that, we might not be sitting here now."

In a separate preview video, Mason explains that he had only been playing drums for a short period of time when Pink Floyd was signed to a record deal and began touring constantly.

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Bruce Springsteen and David Byrne appearing on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' on Monday and Tuesday, respectively

Jimmy Kimmel recently announced that Bruce Springsteen and David Byrne would be guests on his late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this coming week, when the program will be airing from Jimmy's childhood home of Brooklyn, New York. Now we know the specific days that The Boss and the ex-Talking Heads frontman will appear on the show.

Springsteen will be one of Kimmel's guests on Monday night's episode, which also will feature a performance by Alicia Keys. Byrne will appear on the following night's program and perform with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The other scheduled guests on Tuesday show are actor Benedict Cumberbatch and talk-show host Kelly Ripa.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s latest Brooklyn week also will feature appearances by Senator Bernie Sanders and Bill Murray on Wednesday, Eddie Murphy on Thursday, and John Krasinski and The Sugarhill Gang on Friday.

The show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

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Report: Eddie Van Halen receiving cancer treatments in Germany

Eddie Van Halen was born in Europe -- the Netherlands, to be specific -- and that's where he's been going to receive medical treatment, according to a report from TMZ.

The website reports that for the past five years, the 64-year-old guitarist has been flying to Germany to receive radiation treatment for throat cancer.  According to TMZ, Van Halen was diagnosed almost 20 years ago.  In 2000, doctors removed a third of Van Halen's tongue due to cancer.

While Van Halen was a heavy smoker, TMZ says he believes he developed the cancer as a result of holding his guitar pick in his mouth.  While most guitarists hold their picks in their mouth, Eddie's pick was made of metal, not plastic, and TMZ reports that he's been told that the pick "could very well have" caused the disease.

TMZ reports that Van Halen is currently "doing O.K.," despite his illness.

In 2012, Van Halen underwent surgery for a bout of diverticulitis.

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Tangled Up in Blue Jean Baby: Elton John explains to Bob Dylan how he wrote "Tiny Dancer"

Who knew Bob Dylan was an Elton John fan? In a new article in the U.K. paper The Guardian, Elton answers questions about his life and music submitted by a wide variety of celebrities, including Dylan.

Dylan's question was about Elton's classic 1971 song "Tiny Dancer." He asked, "Did you work your way up to the cathartic chorus gradually, spontaneously, or did you have it thought out from the start?"

"'Tiny Dancer' has a really long lyric, a very cinematic, California-in-the-early-'70s lyric, so it had two verses and a [bridge] before it even gets to the chorus, and it lent itself to a long buildup," Elton explains.

"The [bridge] sets it up well, then it slows down for a moment -- 'when I say softly, slowly…' That line suggested a big chorus."

Elton admits that he doesn't "remember much about writing" the music, although he does recall "trying to make it sound as Californian as possible."

He then compares writing a song like "Tiny Dancer" to, um, pleasuring yourself.

"You want the climax to be good, but you don't want it to be over too quickly," Elton explains. "You want to work your way up to it."

He adds, "Bernie [Taupin's] lyric took such a long time to get to the chorus, I thought, 'F***, the chorus had better be something special when it finally arrives.' And it's 'here I come,' literally."

Among the other celebs whose questions Elton answers: Lenny KravitzEd SheeranEminemVictoria BeckhamSam Smith, tennis legend Billie Jean KingDonatella VersaceTilda SwintonKristen Scott ThomasCara Delevingne and Billie Eilish.

John's official memoir, Me, is out tomorrow.

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Doobie Brothers, Pat Benatar, Whitney Houston, T. Rex among Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2020

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees up for induction in 2020.

Sixteen artists are eligible for the honor, nine of which have been nominated for the first time: The Doobie BrothersPat Benatar, late pop superstar Whitney HoustonT. RexThin LizzyDave Matthews BandSoundgardenMotörhead and late rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

Rounding out the ballot are Todd RundgrenDepeche ModeRufus featuring Chaka KhanNine Inch NailsJudas PriestKraftwerk and MC5, all of whom have been nominated at least once before.

Of the first-time nominees, glam-rockers T. Rex have been eligible for induction since 1994, while both The Doobie Brothers' and Thin Lizzy's first year of eligibility was 1997.

Influential German electronic group Kraftwerk has received the most previous nominations, having been on the Rock Hall ballot for induction five times previously.

Artists need to have released their first "commercial recording" at least 25 years ago to be eligible.

If Benatar gets inducted, her husband and longtime guitarist Neil Giraldo will enter the Rock Hall with her.

Starting today and continuing through January 10, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET, you can vote for your favorite nominees at RockHall.com, via Google by searching "Rock Hall Fan Vote" or any nominee name, or at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland. The five artists with the most votes will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be counted along with the voting committee's ballots.

The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2, 2020.

For more info, visit RockHall.com.

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Lionel Richie, Bonnie Tyler among artists who will sing at the Vatican in support of the Amazon

A concert taking place in December has the blessing of the Pope himself.

Lionel Richie and Bonnie "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Tyler are among the stars performing at the Vatican on December 14 as part of a Christmas concert organized by the Congregation for Catholic Education. Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle and various Italian singers also will take part in the event, as will a U.S. gospel choir, a children's choir, the Italian Cinema Orchestra and more.

Vatican press release declares that the concert will reflect "Pope Francis' commitment to the Amazon," and will help safeguard it and its indigenous peoples. 

People will be urged to donate to two different charities, one of which is working to raise awareness of the crisis in the Amazon among students worldwide, and the other which works to preserve the tradition and culture of the indigenous population on the Brazilian/Colombian border.

You can purchase tickets for the concert at ConcertodiNatale.it.

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Watch Donald Fagen play Steely Dan classic with Paul Shaffer on new episode of Shaffer's AXS TV series

Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagen is the guest on the latest episode of the AXS TV series Paul Shaffer Plus One, which airs this Sunday, October 13, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The show features Paul Shaffer conducting interviews while seated at his piano, and on the new episode, he and Fagen jam out together on the Steely Dan classic "Reelin' in the Years." You can check out a video of the dual-keyboard performance on AXS.tv and the AXS TV YouTube channel.

Also on the program, Fagen reveals how he became a "jazz snob" after attending the Newport Jazz Festival at the age of 11, shares his recollections about Steely Dan's early years, and discusses his songwriting process and his relationship with his late Steely Dan partner Walter Becker, who died of cancer in 2017.

Steely Dan kicks off a new run of fall U.S. concerts tonight in Rochester, New York, and the band begins a multiple-show engagement at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Tuesday, October 15. Check out the group's full itinerary at SteelyDan.com.

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The Heartbreakers' Ron Blair looking forward to reuniting with band's drummer at L.A. Tom Petty tribute

As recently reported, a special Los Angeles charity concert commemorating what would've been Tom Petty's 69th birthday takes place this Friday at the El Rey Theatre, with a lineup including two members of Petty's band The Heartbreakers, bassist Ron Blair and drummer Steve Ferrone.

Blair tells ABC Audio that he'll play a few songs with Ferrone at the show, marking only the second time since Petty's October 2017 death that they've played live together.

"Ferrone and I…create a very interesting sound," Blair says, "and it's a very interesting energy I don't experience with anybody else."

For much of the concert, Ron will perform as part of the house band and with his current group, the San Diego-based Chris Torres Band. The show will also feature various artists playing in different combinations.

The confirmed lineup includes legendary session drummer Jim Keltner, former David Bowie guitarist Earl SlickStephen Stills' son Chris and the late Roy Orbison's sons Roy Jr. and Alex. In addition, Hattie Webb, who sang backing vocals on Petty and the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour, will be on hand.

"We get a chance to honor him with a great variety of people who are just so happy to be there," Blair declares.

Meanwhile, Jeff Slate, a veteran singer/songwriter and music journalist who's organizing and will perform at the concert, promises ABC Audio that there "will absolutely be surprised guests."

He adds, "I wouldn't be surprised if some of Tom's peers or people he mentored show up and do a couple of songs and maybe even close the show."

Blair says he wouldn't rule out some of the other Heartbreakers appearing as well.

Tickets for the show, which will benefit The Midnight Mission and MusiCares, are available at AXS.com and via TheElRey.com.

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Listen to Ringo Starr's new John Lennon cover, "Grow Old with Me," featuring Paul McCartney

Ringo Starr's new cover of the John Lennon rarity "Grow Old with Me" -- a track from Ringo's upcoming solo album, What's My Name -- has been released as a digital single and via streaming services.

The tune features bass and backing vocals by Paul McCartney and a guitar solo by Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh.

In a new interview with the U.K.'s BBC 6 Music radio channel, Starr reveals that he decided to record "Grow Old with Me" after famed producer Jack Douglas gave him Lennon's demo of the romantic ballad, which features an unexpected message from John to Ringo.

As Starr recalls, "At the very beginning of this CD [of demos,] John says, 'Oh, that sounds like a good song for Richard Starkey. This would be great for you, Ringo.' I still well up thinking about."

Ringo says he loves the song, which he assumes John wrote for Yoko Ono, and which now he sings to own wife, Barbara. Starr tells BBC 6 Music that he's hoping his version of the tune will become "the wedding song of the century."

As for how he feels about collaborating with his Beatles band mate McCartney, Ringo says, "It's the best. I've played with a lot of people and I can tell you, I love playing with him."

He adds, "We played a lot together in 'that band we were in,' and he's still the most melodic. He's still incredible, for me. I feel the emotion he plays."

You can check out Starr's rendition of "Grow Old with Me" at his official YouTube channelWhat's My Name is available for pre-order now, and will be released on October 25.

Meanwhile, Starr also will be releasing a new photo book titled Another Day in the Life this Tuesday, October 15.

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Elton John says his "sociopath" mother told him she loved him, but didn't like him

Elton John's autobiography ME is coming out on Tuesday, and this weekend, you can watch him discuss it in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning.  One topic he discusses his difficult relationship with his late mother, Sheila.

In his book, Elton refers to his mom as "the Cecil B. DeMille of bad moods,” and he tells CBS Sunday Morning that she was a woman he could never seem to please, no matter how successful he became.

Speaking about his husband and their two sons, Zachary and Elijah, Elton admits, “She never liked David. She never liked anybody. She never asked to see the children."

“But I’m glad they didn’t meet her, because she would have criticized them, like she criticized me,” Elton adds. “She couldn’t help herself. She’s a sociopath.”

While Elton and Sheila reconciled prior to her death in December 2017, he says their relationship never really improved.  What did improve, he says, was his reaction to her criticism.

“I didn’t lose my temper,” Elton says. “I knew what was coming and I let her get on with it. And I just said, ‘I love you, Mum,’ and she said, ‘I love you, too. I don’t like you, but I love you. But I don’t like you.’”

Elton also explains that he wrote the book -- which doesn't skimp on the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll -- for Zachary and Elijah.

"I wanted my boys to know what I was like and what happened, so that when I’m not here, they can read the book and read the truth,” the 72-year-old legend says.  "I just want them to understand what I was like...before I had them...how they made my life complete."

CBS Sunday Morning airs at 9 a.m. ET on CBS.

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New Neil Young & Crazy Horse documentary, 'Mountaintop,' getting one-night-only screening on October 22

We now have official details about the premiere of Mountaintop, the new documentary about Neil Young's upcoming album, Colorado, which he recorded with his old backing group Crazy Horse. The film will be screened in over 100 North American theaters on October 22, three days before the record's release.

A press statement about Mountaintop describes the movie as "a raw and extremely unfiltered look at the process of Neil Young with Crazy Horse making their 1st album in 7 years," adding, "Witness the laughter, tensions, crusty attitudes & love, of a rock & roll band that's been together for 50 years as they share their passion, first and foremost...for the music."

"You may be surprised to learn some of the deep secrets of the process as you laugh you're a** off in a theater near you," says Young, who co-produced Mountaintop under his pseudonym Bernard Shakey. "One night only and there is a reason for that."

Mountaintop features footage Young and the current Crazy Horse lineup -- bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina and guitarist/keyboardist Nils Lofgren -- recording Colorado in a studio high in the Rocky Mountains.

You can check out an uncensored version of the recently released trailer for the flick, which features Young spewing expletives as he works to get the sound he wants on one of the new tracks, at Neil Young's official YouTube channel.

Screenings of Mountaintop in many countries outside of North America will take place on November 18.

Visit MountaintoptheMovie.com to find out what U.S. and Canadian theaters are hosting screenings, and to buy tickets.

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Ex-Eagle Don Felder recalls the creation of "Hotel California" on new episode of AXS TV's 'Mixtape'

Watch video! Ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder stars on the latest episode of the AXS TV series Mixtape, airing tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

In a preview clip from the show, Felder shares his recollections about writing the music for the Eagles smash "Hotel California," as well as his memories of recording the song's classic dueling guitar solos with Joe Walsh.

"For what was going to become the 'Hotel California' record, I was just sitting in a beach house in Malibu, out comes that progression," he recalls. "I had to go record it."

Felder then explains that when it came time to record the solo, he figured that he and Walsh would work it out in the studio, but band mate Don Henley had other ideas, wanting them to recreate the dual solo Felder had laid down on his demo.

Don reveals that it wound up taking him and Walsh three days to complete the solo section at the end of "Hotel California," while noting that "the labor that it took to get that to that level has been worth it."

Reflecting on the Eagles lineup at that time, which also included Glenn Frey and Randy Meisner, Felder maintains that "having five people in the band that could write, sing and play, to have that much talents in such a huge abundance was like having the Super Bowl of band talent."

As previously reported, Mixtape features various well-known artists talking about their favorite songs of all time, and sharing their personal playlists of the tunes that shaped their lives and impacted their careers.

Felder's mixtape includes several Eagles songs, three of his solo tunes, and songs by Benny GoodmanMiles DavisElvis PresleyLittle RichardTom PettyLynyrd Skynyrd and Aretha Franklin.

Here's Don's full mixtape:

"Sing, Sing Sing" -- Benny Goodman
"I Could Write a Book" -- Miles Davis Quintet
"Hound Dog" -- Elvis Presley
"Tutti Frutti" -- Little Richard
"Tutti Frutti" -- Pat Boone
"Windy and Warm" -- Chet Atkins with the Boston Pops Orchestra
"Free Fallin'" -- Tom Petty
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" (Live at the Fillmore East, 1971) -- The Allman Brothers Band
"For What It's Worth" -- Buffalo Springfield
"Lazy Days" -- The Flying Burrito Brothers
"Free Bird" --Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Emergency" -- Tony Williams
"Speak No Evil" -- Wayne Shorter
"So What" -- Miles Davis
"Too Many Hands" -- The Eagles
"Visions" -- The Eagles
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" -- Jr. Walker & the All Stars
"Hotel California" -- The Eagles
"Victim of Love" -- The Eagles
"Paradise" -- Bee Gees
"The Sad Café" -- The Eagles
"Stairway to Heaven" -- Led Zeppelin
"Eaten Alive" -- Diana Ross
"You're a Step in the Right Direction" -- Barbra Streisand
"Rock Steady" -- Aretha Franklin
"You Don't Know My Name" -- Alicia Keys
"According to You" -- Orianthi
"Bright Lights" -- Gary Clark Jr.
"Rock You" -- Don Felder
"American Rock 'n' Roll" -- Don Felder
"The Way Things Have to Be" -- Don Felder

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Diana Ross to perform at UK's Glastonbury Festival 2020: "This is a dream come true"

Diana Ross has been confirmed to perform at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival 2020, and the former lead singer of The Supremes is ecstatic about appearing at the prestigious British music festival next summer.

"This is a dream come true," Diana commented on Instagram, along with a video of her singing her 1985  hit, "Chain Reaction."

"To all the fans across the world, this is my tribute to you," she continued. "I'm coming to Glastonbury, with love."

Festival co-organizer Emily Eavis confirmed the news, writing, "We are so thrilled to be able to announce that the wonderful Diana Ross will be playing the Sunday legends slot at Glastonbury next year."

The so-called Sunday afternoon "Legends" slot at the festival is generally filled by an iconic artist, often from a different musical genre than the usual Glastonbury performers, who tend to be alternative rock, dance or current pop artists.  Legends who've played the slot in the past include Tony Bennett, Barry Gibb, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Shirley Bassey and Lionel Richie.

Ross has been enjoying a year-long "Diamond Diana" celebration marking her 75th birthday, which was May 26. Diana toured throughout the summer, including a residency at the Wynn Las Vegas.

The 50th anniversary Glastonbury Festival will be held June 24-28 in Somerset, England.

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Michael Jackson-inspired musical to start previews July 6 on Broadway

Watch video! A Broadway musical inspired by Michael Jackson's life and music has a new name, and an opening date.

Previously known as Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, the show will now be called, simply, MJ The Musical.  Preview performances start at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on July 6, 2020, with the official opening scheduled for August 13. 

Tickets go on sale January 15, 2020 at 10 a.m.  Visit MJTheMusical.comfor priority ticket access.

The musical features a book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, and features Michael's iconic songs.  Tony Award-winner and famed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will direct.  The show is currently in the development stages.

According to Deadline, a show spokesman said the new name is a "better and stronger choice than relying on the title of any one individual song.”  Deadline also points out that a pre-Broadway engagement was canceled earlier this year weeks before HBO aired the controversial MJ documentary, Leaving Neverland.  The producers blamed the cancellation on scheduling difficulties caused by an Actors' Equity strike, though Equity disputed that.

Following the documentary's airing, Wheeldon and Nottage spoke to the New York Times about the now-problematic project, with Wheeldon insisting that neither of them considered withdrawing from the show.

Wheeldon said, "You can’t watch the documentary without being profoundly disturbed by it, but...we’re not judge and jury. In our process, we’re facing it pretty much head on, but we’re also studying the many facets of Michael Jackson."

Nottage said, "I see the artwork that we’re making as a way to more deeply understand Michael Jackson and process feelings, and ultimately that’s what theater can do.”

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Dolly's sold-out 50th Opry anniversary stand will be a Thanksgiving-week special on NBC

On Saturday night, Dolly Parton will celebrate half a century on the Grand Ole Opry with a sold-out two-show engagement at the iconic Nashville venue. If you're not one of the lucky ones with a ticket, however, you can still see it anyway, since NBC's turning it into a TV special.

The two-hour Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry is set to air Tuesday, November 26, boasting a superstar lineup. Not only will Dolly sing her classic hits, she'll be joined by the likes of Dierks BentleyLady AntebellumChris JansonEmmylou HarrisToby KeithHank Williams Jr. and more.

"I'm so thrilled to be celebrating my 50-year anniversary with the Grand Ole Opry," Dolly says. "I'm also excited that NBC wanted to share in this milestone with me."

She adds, "Together we hope to entertain a broader audience [and educate them] on what the Grand Ole Opry is and what it means to me. We have some special treats, surprises and great performances by some very talented artists and I’m looking so forward to sharing it with you."

Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry premieres Tuesday, November 26, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Elton John recalls telling Tina Turner to "stick her song up her a**"

Even after Elton John got sober, he was stil prone to bad behavior, as he demonstrates in another excerpt from his juicy memoir ME, published in the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

Elton recalls that in 1997, he and Tina Turner were planning a joint tour, but things started badly.  Elton claims Tina called him to tell him all the things he needed to change before they could work together.

"She didn't like my hair, she didn't like the color of my piano, and she didn't like my clothes," Elton writes. "'You wear too much Versace, and it makes you look fat -- you have to wear Armani,' she announced."

Elton says after that phone call, he "got off the phone and burst into tears," telling his partner David, "'She sounded like my f****** mother.'"

When rehearsals started, Elton recalls, things went from bad to worse. Tina accused each member of his band, one-by-one, of not playing her hit "Proud Mary" properly, until she finally turned to Elton and said, "It'syou! You're not playing it right!"

Elton writes, "The subsequent debate about whether I knew how to play 'Proud Mary' became quite heated, before I brought it to a conclusion by telling Tina Turner to stick her f****** song up her a** and stormed off."

"There's an unspoken rule that musicians don't treat their fellow musicians like s***," Elton explains.

When he apologized to Tina later that day, she told him the issue was that she didn't like the fact that he'd been improvising on the song.  He writes, "That made it obvious the tour wasn't going to work."

"We made up later," he concludes. "She came for dinner and left a big lipstick kiss in the visitors' book."

ME is out October 15.

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Pete Townshend shares details about The Who's new album, upcoming 'Tommy' musical benefit performance

In a new interview with the San Diego Union-TribuneThe Who's Pete Townshend shares some details about his band's upcoming studio album, WHO, and also discusses a special performance of the Tommy musical in which he's taking part next week.

Some of The Who's most famous albums, like 1969's Tommy or 1973's Quadrophenia, feature a concept or storyline, but Townshend says that's not the case with WHO, which is due out December 6.

"This album has no concept, other than I wanted to write songs that might appeal to [singer] Roger [Daltrey] and give him some vehicles for his voice," Townshend tells the newspaper. "That proved to be tricky in the end, because Roger heard the songs as solo songs."

Pete notes that while he understood his band mate's viewpoint about the tunes' personal nature, he felt that Roger would be able to relate to their themes.

"[T]he songs are about getting older in pop music and in life and love," Townshend explains. "There are also songs that align with activism in some ways, especially the way we in the world respond to national and international tragedies."

Meanwhile, Pete will be participating in a special benefit performance of the Tony-winning musical The Who's Tommy this Monday, October 14, in La Jolla, California, at the La Jolla Playhouse. The event will feature a reunion of the original cast and will raise money for the venue, which is where the show premiered in 1992 before moving to Broadway.

As for what he'll be doing at the event, Townshend says, "I will join the throng and, hopefully, not get in the way…These are my people, my allies, friends and colleagues. I truly adore them all."

The Who's Moving On! orchestral tour continues Friday in Los Angeles.

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Elton John announces additional dates for Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour

Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is saying hello to even more shows.

Additional spring and summer 2020 tour stops have been added in Louisville, Kentucky; Detroit; Jacksonville, Florida; Lexington, Kentucky; and Des Moines, Iowa.

Tickets for the new shows go on sale to the general public starting Friday, October 18, at 10 a.m. local time. A Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale for members of Elton's Rocket Club begins Tuesday, October 15 at 10 a.m. and runs through Wednesday, October 16 at 10 p.m. local time.

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour kicked off in September 2018 and is expected to run for three years. Visit EltonJohn.com for the full list of upcoming dates.

Elton also has an autobiography coming out this month. Me is set for an October 15 release.

Here are the new tour dates:

4/26 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
5/1 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
5/2 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
6/3 -- Jacksonville, FL, Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
6/5 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
6/11 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena

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Watch Eddie Money renew marriage vows with wife in clip from latest episode of AXS TV's 'Real Money'

The music world sadly lost Eddie Money last month not long after the "Two Tickets to Paradise" singer revealed that he'd been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer. However, a new episode of the rocker's AXS TV series Real Money, which airs Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT, captures Eddie during a happy occasion earlier this year, the renewal of his marriage vows with his wife of 30 years, Laurie.

Eddie and Laurie had been talking about renewing their vows in a church for a few years, and went ahead with the plan this past February at their own church after Money had received his cancer diagnosis in 2018.

"Eddie and I felt strongly about getting married in the eyes of God, and his illness prompted us to stop putting it off," Laurie explains. "This ceremony meant more to both of us than the original, since we knew exactly what the words meant that we were saying to each other because we’d already lived it."

You can watch a preview clip from the program at AXS.tv. The video features footage from the ceremony, which was attended by Money's four sons and his daughter, as well as commentary from Eddie and Laurie.

In the clip, Eddie says as he stands at the altar with wife, "[I'm celebrating] my faith and love for Jesus Christ, and how well he's taken care of my family. And I always wanted to get married in the church, and he's up there looking down [saying], 'Finally, you're doing what I want."

Then, in an interview segment, Eddie tells the camera, "I tell you, 30 years with my wife are the 30 best years of my life."

The preview also includes footage from the couple's wedding in 1989.

Eddie died on September 13.

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Record Store Day Black Friday releases include discs from McCartney, Madonna, Springsteen, Hall & Oates

The list of releases for 2019's Record Store Day Black Friday sale has been revealed. Here are a few limited-edition vinyl selections that will be available exclusively in independent record stores on November 29:

Paul McCartney is contributing a seven-inch single featuring "Home Tonight" and "In a Hurry," previously unreleased tracks recorded during the sessions for his 2018 album, Egypt Station.

Madonna will be releasing a 12-inch disc featuring six remixes of "I Rise," a song from her latest album, Madame X.

Bruce Springsteen is offering up a seven-inch single boasting two songs from his new studio album, Western Stars: the title track and "The Wayfarer."

Hall & Oates will issue the first-ever vinyl edition of their 2006 holiday album, Home for Christmas, which will be pressed on translucent red vinyl.

Eric Clapton is also releasing a holiday-themed disc: a seven-inch single featuring "Home for the Holidays" and "For Love on Christmas Day," two songs from his 2018 yuletide collection, Happy Xmas.

Huey Lewis and the News are releasing a seven-inch single featuring "My Other Woman" and "Got to Get You Off My Mind."  The former song originally appeared on the group's 2001 album Plan B; the latter appeared on the band's 2010 covers album Soulsville.

U2's Black Friday contribution is the reissue of the 12-inch single called Three that was originally released in Ireland in 1979. It features the songs "Out of Control," "Stories for Boys" and "Boy-Girl."

Other artists releasing vinyl discs for the 2019 Record Store Day Black Friday promotion include Chuck BerryJames BrownJackson BrowneCheap TrickThe DoorsAretha FranklinThe KinksThe MonkeesElvis PresleyThe PretendersTodd Rundgren and Steppenwolf.

For the full list of releases and participating stores, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

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Never-before-seen photos of Aretha Franklin featured in new book, 'The Queen Next Door'

Never-before-seen before photos of the Queen of Soul are featured in a new book about the iconic singer titled The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait.

Linda Solomon photographed Aretha for over three decades for the 214-page book, which will be published October 14. Many of the photos are from the 1980s, after Aretha moved back to Detroit.

"Detroit was her soul and heart," Solomon tells The Detroit News.

The 18-time Grammy winner was famous for hosting elaborate parties at her home, and Solomon captured images of several special moments, including Christmas and birthday celebrations.

"She planned all her own parties," Solomon says. "She even addressed her own invitations and she always used a metallic pen." 

Solomon began photographing Franklin in 1983 and they formed a special bond. The book title was inspired by Franklin’s quote: "I am the lady next door when I am not on stage."

“This beautiful book captures her essence,” writes Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Jr. about the book. “Aretha and I grew up together. She was the sister I never had.”

“She is more than a Queen of Soul,” he continues. ”She’s a Queen of Caring, a Queen of Social Justice. She stood with Dr. King and she stood for Nelson Mandela.

Michigan Governor James J. Blanchard and former Mayor of Detroit Dennis Archer will participate in a panel discussion about the book and Franklin's life on October 27 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Aretha’s nieces Sabrina Vonne Owens and Cristal Franklin, as well as cousin and backup vocalist Brenda Corbett and sister-in-law Earline Franklin will also be on the panel.

A book signing featuring a fashion show and music tribute to Franklin will also be held November 6 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Troy, Michigan.

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In excerpt from new autobiography, Elton John details his horrible behavior as an addict

If you figured that Elton John's new autobiography ME has lots of stories about the Rocket Man's drug addiction, boy, are you right. 

In an excerpt from ME published in the U.K. tabloid The Daily Mail, Elton recalls various incidents in which he behaved horribly while under the influence of alcohol, cocaine or both. For example:

--After drinking vodka martinis and doing coke with Duran Duran in 1983 while filming the "I'm Still Standing" video in France, Elton took off his clothes on the video set, rolled around naked, punched his manager in the face, smashed up his assistant's hotel room and passed out.  The next morning, he didn't remember doing any of it.

--When invited to join The Rolling Stones onstage for one song, he wouldn't get off the stage and just kept on jamming, much to the dismay of guitarist Keith Richards, who's not exactly Mr. Just Say No himself.

--While high at a party, Elton mistook Bob Dylan for a gardener.  Once he realized who it was, he attempted to bring Dylan back to his house to make him change out of those "terrible clothes" and into some of his.

--In the late '80s, Elton's boyfriend Hugh left him to go to rehab, to which Elton responded by spending the next two weeks doing cocaine, drinking whiskey, not dressing, not washing and purging what little he ate. 

Finally, Elton writes, he admitted that he was addicted to drugs, alcohol, food and sex, and asked for help.  In 1990, he went to rehab and estimates that he attended 1,400 recovery meetings over the next three years.

"Some people really struggle when they come out of addiction," the pop-rock legend writes. "But...I was elated. Every morning, I was just happy to wake up without feeling like s***."

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Lionel Richie's 2015 Glastonbury Festival performance is coming to the big screen

Did you miss Lionel Richie's 2015 performance at U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival? Well, now you can see it from the comfort of a theater -- no wellies required.

Lionel Richie at Glastonbury will be getting a one-night-only global theatrical release on November 19. The screenings will feature an exclusive introduction by Richie in which he reflects on his career journey, from his beginnings in Tuskegee, Alabama, through his Glastonbury appearance.

"I'm so excited for the opportunity to share the 2015 Glastonbury Festival performance with fans across the globe," Lionel says in a statement. "I'm honored to have played on such an iconic stage and the fans’ energy that day truly made this show a memorable moment in my career."

At the June 28, 2015 performance, Lionel took the festival's main Pyramid stage in front of 200,000 fans, which was the biggest audience at the festival that year. His set featured "Dancing on the Ceiling," "All Night Long," "We Are the World," "Easy" and "Three Times a Lady."

Tickets for the theatrical showing go on sale beginning Friday, October 18, at FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

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New documentary about Lynyrd Skynyrd's tragic plane crash to be released on DVD in December

A new documentary focusing on the 1977 plane crash that killed Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zandt, guitarist Steve Gaines and several others, will be released on DVD on December 13.

I'll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours of Lynyrd Skynyrd features new interviews with three survivors of the accident: Skynyrd backup singer Leslie Hawkins, security guard Gene Odom and guitar tech Craig Reed, and includes their firsthand recollections of the tragic incident.

In the film, Hawkins, Odom and Reed discuss the fun times they had with the band, and recall the hours leading up to the accident, the harrowing crash itself and its aftermath. The documentary also includes archival footage, dramatic reenactment of events and a computer-generated simulation of the crash.

In addition, the movie features rare interviews with the first four responders to the accident, filmed at the site of the crash in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Besides Van Zant and Steve Gaines, the tragedy claimed the lives of Skynyrd backing vocalist Cassie Gaines -- Steve's sister -- the band's assistant road manager, Dean Kilpatrick, and the plane's pilot and co-pilot.

The doc is based on Odom's 1983 memoir, I'll Never Forget You.

A trailer for the film features a clip in which Odom admits that he argued with the pilot prior to the flight regarding a problem with the plane, and laments that he didn't insist that the issue be fixed before the band took off.

"I should've stopped the plane," he declares. "I didn't, and that would eat me up for years, and it still does."

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Larry "L.J." Junstrom, founding Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special bassist, dead at age 70

Founding Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Larry "L.J." Junstrom, who went on to spend his career with .38 Special, has died at age 70.

"The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us," reads a post on .38 Special's official Facebook page.  "He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream. He was truly one of a kind, a congenial traveling companion and a great friend to all with a humorous slant on life that always kept our spirits high -- a kind man with a big heart for everyone who crossed his path. There will never be another like him."

The post concludes, "We are sending our devoted love, strength and comfort to his wife Thania and Larry’s family. We will miss our friend and partner."

Junstrom formed Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964 with Ronnie Van ZantBob BurnsGary Rossington and guitarist Allen Collins, but left the band in 1970, prior to their 1973 self-titled debut album. Junstrom joined .38 special in 1977 and remained with the band until retiring in 2014 due to health reasons.

"Rest Easy, LJ, you will always be remembered as the big man, on the big bass with the even bigger heart!" reads a post on Lynyrd Skynyrd's Facebook page.  "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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Film of Jimi Hendrix Experience playing Royal Albert Hall to get world premiere at the famed London venue

The Jimi Hendrix Experience's original lineup gave its final European performance on February 26, 1969, at London's famed Royal Albert Hall.  Now, more than 50 years later, a film of the concert will get its world premiere at the very venue where the show took place.

The one-night-only screening of The Jimi Hendrix Experience: The Royal Albert Hall is scheduled for October 21, and will feature a giant screen and a state-of-the-art sound system. Tickets are on sale now at JimiHendrix.comRoyalAlbertHall.com and the venue's box office.

The movie, which has been fully restored using the original 16-millimeter footage, includes the performance shot with multiple cameras, as well as footage of Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchellin the hours leading up to the show, backstage and at an post-concert reception. The film's soundtrack has been mixed by Jimi's longtime studio engineer, Eddie Kramer.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: The Royal Albert Hall is being presented jointly by Experience Hendrix, the family-run company that oversees the late guitar legend's music and publishing, and The Last Experience Inc., the production company that partnered with Jimi to film the concert.

There currently are no plans to release the movie or show it beyond the October 21 screening.

Among the songs performed at the Royal Albert Hall were such classics as "Little Wing," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Fire," "Foxy Lady," and "Stone Free."

"This film…documents Jimi Hendrix at the very peak of his powers," says Jimi's sister and Experience Hendrix CEO, Janie Hendrix. "As those who are fortunate enough to see the showing next month at the very place where it was filmed will know, it has been well worth the wait and we are nothing short of delighted."

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Rick Wakeman says Yes spinoff group with Jon Anderson & Trevor Rabin may launch farewell tour in 2020

Earlier this year, Jon Anderson told ABC Audio that he was unsure about the future of his Yes spinoff project with former band mates Trevor Rabinand Rick Wakeman, which went on indefinite hiatus following a brief 2018 U.S. tour. However, Wakeman now tells ABC Audio that the group, Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, is discussing doing a final trek.

"At the moment, we're talking about going out in 2020 and 2021 as a sort of a 'farewell, goodbye…we've really enjoyed it and want to say thank you to all the people that have followed us,'" the keyboardist explains.

The 70-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also says he thinks "there's a fair chance" that the band will release some new music to coincide with the tour.

"Not a whole album's worth, but there'll be some music," Wakeman maintains, adding, "[W]e always said that it had to be of such a high standard, had to be like classic standard, otherwise we wouldn't [release it]."

Rick currently is in the middle of a North American solo trek dubbed The Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour, which is plotted out through an October 27 concert in Orlando, Florida. The tour features Wakeman playing selections from his two latest solo albums, 2017's Piano Portraits and 2018's Piano Odyssey, as well as other songs from his long career. Rick also preparing to release a follow-up record, a holiday collection called Christmas Portraitsthat's due out on November 29.

"There's 22 well-known Christmas pieces that I've…made 14 tracks out of," Rick notes of the new record, "which is in the style of doing variations around the tunes."

Here are Wakeman's remaining U.S. solo shows:

10/8 -- Allentown, PA, Miller Symphony Hall
10/10 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
10/11 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
10/13 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
10/16 -- Seattle, WA, The Triple Door
10/17 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall
10/19 -- San Francisco, CA, Castro Theatre
10/20 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, Coach House
10/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/25 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
10/26 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
10/27 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live

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The Eagles taking 'Hotel California' on the road

Didn't get the chance to see The Eagles perform Hotel California during their Las Vegas residency?  No worries -- you're getting another chance, although you may still need a plane ticket.

Billboard reports the rock legends will hit the road for only 12 dates in six cities, each of which will see them perform their landmark 1976 album in its entirety. Each stop will feature two shows, beginning with February, 2020 dates in Atlanta, Georgia and wrapping up in Inglewood, California in mid-April.

The outing comes on the heels of the band's recent trio of sold-out shows at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas September 27, 28 and October 5, during which they played Hotel California from start to finish, along with a selection of their catalog's biggest hits. 

The current Eagles lineup consists of original members Don HenleyJoe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, along with country legend Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of the late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey.

Tickets for the mini-tour go on sale October 18 via Ticketmaster.  Here's the itinerary:

2/7-8 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena 
2/14-15 -- New York, NY. Madison Square Garden 
2/29-3/1 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
3/6-7 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
4/11-12 -- San Francisco, CA, Chase Center
4/17-18 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum

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'Michael Jackson's This Is It 10th Anniversary' box set coming in December

Is there a special Michael Jackson fan in your life? The perfect holiday gift for that fan is now available...if you've got $500 to spend.

Michael Jackson's This Is It 10th Anniversary box set is a limited-edition package commemorating the 10th anniversary of the documentary of the same name.  Only 1,000 copies of the set will be created, priced at $480 each.

The documentary, directed by Kenny Ortega, followed The King of Pop as he rehearsed for his planned This Is It concert series, which was to have started July 13, 2009, at London's O2 Arena. He died on June 25 of that year, 18 days before the launch of the concerts. When the film came out, it became the highest-grossing documentary/concert movie of all time.

The set comes packaged in a box with a built-in, sound-responsive LED light panel on the cover.  It includes a 3-D enhanced Blu-ray of the movie, a four-LP version of the soundtrack on translucent-blue vinyl, a 60-page hardcover coffee-table book with previously unpublished photos and even an authentic concert ticket for the July 24, 2009, This Is It concert, mounted in an acrylic ticket holder.

The soundtrack from the film was a number-one, double-platinum hit, and the title track, co-written by Paul Anka and completed posthumously, earned MJ a Grammy nomination in 2011.

The box sets will start shipping on December 11.

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Watch Bruce Springsteen perform his new song "Sundown" from his 'Western Stars' concert film

Bruce Springsteen has treated fans to a preview of his new concert film Western Stars, and its accompanying soundtrack album, by posting a clip from the flick on his YouTube channel.  It features a performance of his new song "Sundown."

The video shows Springsteen singing the soaring, melodic ballad accompanied by an orchestra, a backing group and backup singers, including his wife, E Street Band member Patti Scialfa.

As previously reported, the Western Stars movie features Bruce performing all 13 songs from his 2019 album of the same name, along with a cover of Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy," in front of an intimate audience in an old barn at his Stone Hill Farm in Colts Neck, New Jersey.

Special screenings of the film will be held on October 19 and October 23 at select U.S. cinemas before it gets a wide theatrical release on Friday, October 25. Visit FathomEvents.com for more info on the screenings.

Also on the 25th, the Western Stars soundtrack album will hit stores. You can pre-order Western Stars: Songs from the Film now.

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Bob Seger's chart-topping 1980 album 'Against the Wind' getting vinyl reissue in November

Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band wrap up their Roll Me Away farewell tour on November 1 in Philadelphia, and later that month a remastered version of the Michigan rockers' chart-topping 1980 album Against the Wind will be reissued on vinyl, in honor of its upcoming 40th anniversary.

The remastered Against the Wind LP will be released on November 22, and can be pre-ordered now. It will be available on standard black vinyl and as a limited-edition translucent-blue vinyl version.  That version also comes with a bonus seven-inch black vinyl single featuring two early Seger recordings: "Lookin' Back" and "Lucifer."

Released in February 1980, Against the Wind was Seger's only album ever to reach #1 on the Billboard 200, spending six consecutive weeks atop the chart in May and June of that year. It includes three top 20 singles -- the title track, "Fire Lake" and "You'll Accomp'ny Me" -- as well as classics like "The Horizontal Bop," "Her Strut" and "Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight." Against the Wind has gone on to sell over 5 million copies in the U.S.

The EaglesGlenn FreyDon Henley and Timothy B. Schmit contributed backing vocals to "Fire Lake," while Seger's old friend Frey also added harmony vocals to the title track. In addition, Dr. John played keyboards on "The Horizontal Bop."

As for the tracks featured on the colored vinyl version's bonus single, "Lookin' Back" was originally released in 1971, and this marks the first time it's being reissued since then. "Lucifer" was the sole single released from Bob's 1970 studio album, Mongrel.

Seger and Silver Bullet Band have nine shows left on their Roll Me Away tour. Here they are:

10/5 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10/10 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Raising Cane's River Center
10/12 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
10/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
10/19 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/24 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden+
10/26 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena
10/30 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
11/1 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center

And here's Against the Wind's full track list:

"The Horizontal Bop"
"You'll Accomp'ny Me"
"Her Strut"
"No Man's Land"
"Long Twin Silver Line"
"Against the Wind"
"Good for Me"
"Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight"
"Fire Lake"
"Shinin' Brightly"

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Project Kinks: Ray Davies says he and brother Dave are writing songs together for possible reunion project

Kinks co-founders Ray Davies and Dave Davies have been working on new music together recently, although nothing concrete has been announced. Now, Ray has shared some details with Rolling Stone about the status of the potential reunion project.

"Dave and I are having a collaboration on a few songs, which will be a first," reveals Ray, who usually composes tunes by himself. "I'll be like, 'Here is the chorus, you write verse two.' I'm trying to keep the energy flowing, and I really want Dave involved creatively."

Ray and Dave have been using drum machines on the demos they're working on, but Ray tells Rolling Stonethat he's hoping to get original Kinks drummer Mick Avory to play on the final versions of the songs, even though Mick and Dave have long had a contentious relationship.

"It was a childish spat," Ray says of the feud. "I got them to say 'hello' last year. I want to get them in the studio together. I'm calling it 'Project Kinks.'"

As for whether a reunited version of The Kinks would consider touring the U.S., Ray notes, "We have to make the record first," adding, "But if we do play again, we'll come to America."

Asked if the work that he and Dave are doing together means The Kinks are officially back together now, Ray says, "The word 'together' is misleading…We were never together. But we're back to our dysfunction again."

Meanwhile, The Kinks will be releasing an expanded version of their 1970 album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) on October 25. Among the many bonus tracks on the deluxe reissue are 12 songs Dave Davies recorded around that time for an aborted solo album.

Ray describes his brother's songs as "sensitive and quite beautiful."

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Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger and more rock stars pay tribute to late Cream drummer Ginger Baker

Following the sad news that Cream drummer Ginger Baker died today at the age of 80, a variety of famous artists offered up tributes to the influential musician.

In a message posted on his Twitter feedPaul McCartney recalls collaborating with Baker during the 1970s. "Ginger Baker, great drummer, wild and lovely guy," writes Sir Paul. "We worked together on the 'Band on the Run' album in his ARC Studio, Lagos, Nigeria. Sad to hear that he died but the memories never will."

McCartney's Beatles band mate Ringo Starr writes in his own Twitter message, "God bless Ginger Baker incredible musician wild [and] inventive drummer Peace and love to his family."

Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, meanwhile, tweeted, "Sad news hearing that Ginger Baker has died, I remember playing with him very early on in Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated. He was a fiery but extremely talented and innovative drummer."

In addition, the family of late Cream bassist Jack Bruce, who died in 2014, posted a Twitter message extending their "sincere condolences to Ginger Baker's family, friends and fans." The Bruce family added, "Surviving a love hate relationship, Ginger was like an older brother to Jack, their chemistry was truly spectacular. RIP Ginger, one of the greatest drummers of all time."

Here are more tributes to Baker by some other famous rock artists:

Steve Winwood: "He was well-grounded in jazz from very early on, and later managed to combine this with African and rock music to create his own inimitable style of playing...I was lucky to play with him in Ginger Baker's Air Force...And also in Blind Faith with Eric Clapton and Rick Grech. Although his appointment was very unorthodox (he showed up on the doorstep and said, 'Here I am') - he made a great contribution to the Blind Faith album which has withstood the test of time...Beneath his somewhat abrasive exterior, there was a very sensitive human being with a heart of gold...He'll be missed."

Queen's Brian May: "RIP Ginger Baker - who thrilled us all with his massively innovative drumming in CREAM. When I advertised on my (Imperial) College notice board for a drummer to form a group with (1969, I think), I put 'Wanted : a drummer who can play like Keith MoonMitch Mitchell and GINGER BAKER'....Guess who replied ?? A certain Mr [RogerTaylor. And he could ! So you could say Ginger Baker is inextricably woven into our history, as well conquering the world with CREAM, and his other projects.

Brian Wilson: "I'm sorry to hear that Ginger Baker passed. He was a great drummer and we all were fans of Cream back then. 'Sunshine of Your Love' was a great one. Love & Mercy, Brian."

Rush's Geddy Lee: "As a young musician few drummers stood taller or were a bigger musical influence than Ginger Baker...I will never forget the awesomeness of seeing him perform with Cream at Massey Hall on June 5 1968 along side the late great Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton…He was one of Rock's first virtuoso drummers and his incredible legacy lives on."

Rush's Neil Peart: "He was really at the forefront of a complete revolution of rock. It is hard to find fault with the notion he was the pioneer of a rock drummer. There was no context for him, there was no archetype. He is the archetype…Ginger Baker is most notable achievement that should be recognized is the first rock drum solo…And me as a 15-year-old kid at the time was, 'yeah, yeah, that's the rock drummer I want to be!'"

The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt: "RIP Ginger Baker. One of the greatest drummers of all time. Begin with Cream's Disraeli Gears."

The MonkeesMicky Dolenz: "RIP #GingerBaker...One of the all time greatest drummers."

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea: "So much freedom in his playing. What a wildman. Rhythms we've heard all our lives he plucked them out of the sky. Rest In Peace Ginger Baker."

The KinksDave Davies: "Ginger Baker was a great and unique musician and an innovator as well - he will be sorely missed - I met him many years ago in the old days and saw him a couple years ago in New York and he still sounded great - he always had nice things to say about the Kinks."

Stone Temple Pilots: "Rest well Ginger. Thank you for all that you gave us."

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Elton John will "never stop performing," may do a "small" Vegas residency, says manager

Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, currently scheduled through December of 2020, is being billed as his last one ever.  But David Furnish, Elton's manager and husband, says the trek definitely won't be your last opportunity to see the Rocket Man live in concert.

Speaking to the U.K. publication Music Week, Furnish says, "He's definitely stopping touring, I think he will perform in a much more limited capacity. Maybe a small series of shows in London every couple of years, maybe a small residency in Vegas is a possibility. He wants to spend time with his family, that's the most important thing."

Furnish adds, "Does he want to stop working? Absolutely not. Elton is a workhorse, he's passionate and vital and loves what he does. He must never stop creating and he must never stop performing, at least in a very limited capacity."

However, as David notes, "[Elton] doesn't want to travel around the world and be away from his family any more. He finds that excruciating now. That side of his life will end."

Elton's memoir, Me, comes out later this month, and Furnish says he expects "more new music" will follow.

"We've written some songs for the stage musical The Devil Wears Prada, which we're co-producing," he explains. In addition, David teases, "We have another musical theater project that we're developing right now."

Furnish may be referring to the musical based on the life of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, which Elton is currently working on with his pal Jake Shears, former frontman of Scissor Sisters.

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After 35 years as a "band guy," Alice in Chains' William DuVall finally goes solo with 'One Alone'

Thirty-five years into his career, Alice in Chains vocalist/guitarist William DuVall is finally striking out on his own with his debut solo album, One Alone. As it turns out, the album essentially happened by accident.

As DuVall tells ABC Audio, he had originally written what became the first track and lead single for One Alone, "Til the Light Guides Me Home," for another artist. However, things changed when he went to a studio to record a demo for the song.

"Once the engineer and I heard it back, we were, like, 'Whoa, man, that's...I don't know, you might wanna rethink giving that away,'" DuVall recalls.

Since the demo didn't take much time to record, and everything in the studio was already set up, DuVall decided to lay down a few more tracks. He left with a total of eight songs recorded, and eventually came up with enough for an album.

While One Alone came together pretty naturally, the concept of "going solo" was a major hurdle for DuVall mentally, and caused something of an identity crisis.

"I've always been in bands," DuVall says. "I [was] a band guy from the time I was a teenager. I believe in the band as a unit, as a family unit as much as a musical unit."

Eventually, DuVall was able to overcome that "psychological leap" as One Alone took shape as an entirely solo work of art, featuring just his voice and an acoustic guitar.

"It wouldn't have felt authentic to give this some sort of a band moniker," DuVall says. "I just thought, this is what it is, so let's just call it what it is: William DuVall, One Alone." 

One Alone is out now.

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Blondie's Debbie Harry pauses her forward momentum to look back at her life in new memoir, 'Face It'

Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry gives fans an unbridled look at her rapturously fascinating life in her brand-new memoir, Face It. The book follows Harry from her childhood in suburban New Jersey, to her move to New York City in the 1960s to seek adventure as an artist and a musician, to her immersion in Manhattan's glam, art-rock and punk scene, to her emergence as a pop superstar and beyond.

Harry tells ABC Audio that she initially was apprehensive about digging into her past to write the book, but eventually "warmed up to [the process]."

"I tend to want to go forward and I'm happy to work on new things. New, new, new, you know," she explains. "And having completed a lot…to think back [wasn't always enjoyable]."

In the book, Debbie affectionately details her long creative partnership with Blondie guitarist Chris Stein, as well as the romance the two shared for many years.

On the importance of Stein's contribution to Harry's success with Blondie, she says, "I don't know if I would have done it or could have done it without Chris."

Despite Blondie's punk roots, the band came to fame by scoring huge hits with songs that explored various genres, from the disco of "Heart of Glass" to the rap of "Rapture" to the reggae of "The Tide Is High."

"We felt that we were an inner city, urban group that sort of had been influenced by all these different styles of music," Harry explains, "and they were really a part of our lives."

Among the interesting aspects of Face It are pages and pages of artwork that fans presented Harry over the years offering loving depictions of her.

"I just thought it was so…beautiful," she says of the art. "[T]he fans have been really good to us and good to me, and I thought, 'Wow, this is a great component…Let's put this in there."

Harry has been promoting Face It with a U.S. book tour. Here are the remaining stops on the trek:

10/7 -- Cincinnati, OH, Walnut Hills High School 
10/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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New Fleetwood Mac box set featuring colored-vinyl versions of five classic albums due in November

A limited-edition Fleetwood Mac box set featuring colored-vinyl versions of the five albums issued by the band's best-known lineup will be released on November 29.

The Fleetwood Mac 1975-1987 collection includes the band's 1975 self-titled album pressed on white vinyl, 1977's Rumours on clear vinyl, the 1979 two-LP set Tusk on silver vinyl, 1982's Mirage on violet vinyl and 1987's Tango in the Night on green vinyl. The box set is available exclusively at Rhino.com, and is priced at $119.98. Only 2,000 copies are being produced.

All of the albums were recorded during the band's mid-career commercial heyday, when the lineup featured Stevie NicksLindsey BuckinghamChristine McVieMick Fleetwood and John McVie.

1975's Fleetwood Mac album was the first by the group to feature Nicks and Buckingham, and went on to top the Billboard 200. The record included the chart hits "Rhiannon," "Say You Love Me" and "Over My Head," as well as the enduring Nicks ballad "Landslide."

Rumours made Fleetwood Mac superstars. It spent 31 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200, while yielding the top 10 hits "Go Your Own Way," "Dreams," "Don't Stop" and "You Make Loving Fun." The album has gone on to sell more than 20 million copies in the U.S.

Tusk was a largely experimental effort that peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and featured two chart hits -- the title track and "Sara."

Mirage brought them back to the top of the Billboard 200 with hits like "Hold Me," "Gypsy" and "Love in Store."

Tango in the Night only reached #7 on the Billboard 200, but it featured four singles that made it into the top 20 of the Hot 100 -- "Little Lies," "Big Love," "Everywhere" and "Seven Wonders."

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KISS to play concert for great white sharks in Australia; Gene Simmons treated for kidney stones

KISS has performed for some wild crowds before, but they've never had an audience like this. The band will head to Australia next month for a unique cruise that will feature the legendary band playing a concert for great white sharks, and some human fans, too.

The unique event will take place on November 18 in Port Lincoln, Australia, where attendees will board a glass-bottom boat for a cruise to observe local wildlife. During the trip, KISS will perform and the audio of their concert will be blasted into the surrounding waters, where the low frequencies of the rocking music will attract local sharks.

The concert is a partnership between KISS and Animals on Airbnb Experiences. Proceeds raised will benefit the Australian Marine Conservation Society, the country's only national charity devoted specifically to protecting ocean wildlife.

KISS has posted a video on its official YouTube channel featuring the cruise's host, conservationist Matt Waller, discussing the event.

You can reserve your spot on the rocking boat ride starting October 14. Visit Airbnb.com/kiss for more details. KISS kicks off an Australian tour leg on November 16 in Perth.

In other KISS news, Gene Simmons' wife, Shannon, revealed via a message on her Instagram page Monday that the rocker had undergone the second of three operations he needs to remove large kidney stones. She also posted an ultrasound image of one of the stones. The news comes after KISS postponed the final three shows of its most recent U.S. tour leg last month. At the time, it was announced that the postponements were due to Simmons needing an unspecified "surgical procedure."

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Don McLean discusses songwriting, plays his classic "American Pie" on new episode of AXS TV's 'Mixtape'

Don McLean is featured on the latest episode of the AXS TV series Mixtape, which airs tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

As previously reported, Mixtape features various well-known music artists talking about their favorite songs of all time, and sharing their personal playlists of the tunes that shaped their lives and impacted their careers.

On the new program, McLean shares how he feels about his fans, and discusses his songwriting, and his love of Buddy Holly's music.

In a preview clip of the episode, McLean notes that in response to the love people have given him because of his music, "Whatever time I have left, I want to be as good to people as I can be, and do the best job I can do onstage, because that's my calling."

Regarding his approach to writing songs, he maintains, "My music is an effort to try to find out who I am. I don't have any songs that are lies. All my songs are the purest part of me. I'm not perfect, I have a lot of flaws, but my songs are…the best part of me."

The preview also includes a glimpse at McLean performing an acoustic version of his signature tune, "American Pie."

In conjunction with the episode, McLean created a playlist of their favorite songs that can be accessed on popular streaming-music service Spotify. Among the tunes are pop, folk and doo-wop gems that pre-date 1960, as well as several of his own popular songs. He also has chosen Elvis Presley's cover of his romantic ballad "And I Love Her So" for the list.

Here's Don's full mixtape:

"All I Have to Do Is Dream" -- The Everly Brothers
"Goodnight Irene" -- The Weavers
"Uncle Sam Says" -- Josh White
"Sincerely" -- The Moonglows
"In the Still of the Night" -- The Five Satins
"Cool Water" -- Sons of the Pioneers
"Autumn in New York" -- The McGuire Sisters
"Good Vibrations" -- The Beach Boys
"No Reason for Your Dreams" -- Don McLean
"This Land Is Your Land" -- Pete Seeger
"Grief and Hope" -- Don McLean
"Prime Time" -- Don McLean
"Dreidel" -- Don McLean
"Tapestry" -- Carole King
"Vincent" -- Don McLean
"The Grave" -- Don McLean
"And I Love You So" -- Elvis Presley
"So Doggone Lonesome" -- Johnny Cash
"Castles in the Air" -- Don McLean
"Misty" -- Johnny Mathis
"American Pie" -- Don McLean
"Wonderful Baby" -- Fred Astaire

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Cynthia Erivo to portray Aretha Franklin in 'Genius' anthology series

Tony and Grammy award winner Cynthia Erivo will portray Aretha Franklin in National Geographic's Genius anthology series.

The singer/actress from London will star in the third season of the show, which is devoted to The Queen of Soul.

"Aretha Franklin has been a source of inspiration for me since I was a little girl," Erivo tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Her strength, passion and soul are evident in her everlasting legacy, not only as a transcendent artist, but as a humanitarian and civil rights icon."

She continues, "To have the opportunity to bring her legacy to life and show the fullness of her being, her humanity and brilliance is an honor. What I know and have learned about what my voice, as an artist, can do and the power it has been highly influenced by Franklin. I feel privileged and excited to be a part of the sharing of her genius."  

Genius: Aretha will feature many of Franklin's classics, including "I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)," "Chain of Fools," "Don't Play That Song" and "Baby I Love You," along with her performances of "Freeway of Love," "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me" and "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves." 

Jennifer Hudson, who starred with Erivo on Broadway in The Color Purple, will star in the Franklin biopic Respect, which is cheduled to open in theaters in August 2020. 

Erivo is playing the title role in the Harriet Tubman biopic, Harriet, opening November 1. Last year, she appeared in Widows starring Viola Davis, and also Bad Times at the El Royale.

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Listen to Ronnie Wood's cover of "Rock 'n' Roll Music," from his upcoming Chuck Berry tribute album

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has premiered his cover of the Chuck Berry classic "Rock 'n' Roll Music," a track from his upcoming album Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry, in advance of the record's November 15 release.

The rendition of the tune features Irish singer and songwriter Imelda Mayon lead vocals. The track is available as a digital single and via streaming services, and you also can check it out at Wood's official YouTube channel.

As previously reported, the album -- credited to Ronnie Wood and His Wild Five -- was recorded at a November 2018 show at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne, U.K. The 11-track collection features renditions of nine Berry tunes, a Wood original titled "Tribute to Chuck Berry" and "Worried Life Blues," a song by Maceo Merriweather that Chuck recorded in 1960.

"Rock 'n' Roll Music," one of Wood's favorite Berry tunes, was a top 10 hit for Chuck in 1957. The song also was famously covered by The BeatlesThe Beach Boys and many other artists.

Shortly after Mad Lad's release, Ronnie will play a pair of U.K. shows in support of the record, on November 21 at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London and on November 25 at Birmingham Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

The album, which you can pre-order now, is available in several configurations and formats, including digitally, on CD, on heavyweight vinyl and as a super-deluxe box set featuring the CD, the LP and a limited-edition print of the Wood-created cover art, a t-shirt and a signed and numbered set list.

Here's the Mad Lad track list:

"Tribute to Chuck Berry"
"Talking About You"
"Mad Lad"
"Wee Wee Hours" -- featuring Imelda May
"Almost Grown" -- featuring Imelda May
"Back in the USA"
"Blue Feeling"
"Worried Life Blues"
"Little Queenie"
"Rock 'n' Roll Music" -- featuring Imelda May
"Johnny B. Goode"

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Rod Stewart delivers surprise performance at British couple's Vegas wedding

Rod Stewart helped give one British couple the Las Vegas wedding of their dreams Wednesday.

It initially started out a nightmare, though. Sharon Cook and Andrew Aitchison were left stranded in Liverpool, England just days before they had planned to tie the knot at Caesars Palace in Vegas, thanks to the sudden bankruptcy of Thomas Cook airlines.

Thankfully, Caesars Palace and Delta Air Lines swooped in to save the day, giving the couple the celebration they wanted – and more. With their closest friends and family in attendance, Sharon and Andrew said “I do” at the Venus Garden Chapel at Caesars Palace.

Then came the real surprise: After the ceremony, Rod and three string musicians appeared to perform a special acoustic version of Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately." The rocker then invited the entire wedding party to see his residency show at the Colosseum, Rod Stewart: The Hits.

He’s got two more shows left on this recent string of Vegas dates: October 4 and 5.

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Longtime Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham turns 70 today

Here's sending out some "Big Love" to former Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham, who celebrates his 70th birthday today. The singer, songwriter and guitarist was one of the main creative forces of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' best-known lineup, although conflicts with his one-time romantic and musical partner Stevie Nicks led to his ouster from the group last year shortly after the band was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year.

After his split with Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham mounted a solo tour, issued a compilation of his work outside the group, and was preparing to release a record of new original tunes in 2019. However, this past February, his wife, Kristen, reported that Lindsey had undergone emergency open-heart surgery, and that his vocal cords had been damaged during the procedure.

In May, Buckingham gave his first public performance since his heart operation, playing guitar behind his daughter Leelee as she and her high-school chorale group sang his old band's song "Landslide." Kristen revealed in a post that same month that Lindsey would be seeing a vocal specialist soon. While, no details have been shared about Buckingham's current condition, Kristen posted a note on her Twitter feed last month that read, "Life, Love and Lindsey are all great. No one needs to worry."

Buckingham and Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, and had an immediate impact on the band. Buckingham was a member of Fleetwood Mac from '75 until 1987, and then again from 1997 to 2018. Among the hits and memorable tunes he's contributed to the band are "Go Your Own Way," "Second Hand News," "Tusk" and "Big Love."

In 1981, Buckingham launched what has become a successful and critically acclaimed solo career that's included such hits as "Trouble," "Holiday Road" and "Go Insane."

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Jimi Hendrix's first concerts with Band of Gypsys compiled in new box set, 'Songs for Groovy Children'

A new box set gathers together four historic sets that Jimi Hendrix and his backing group Band of Gypsys played at the Fillmore East in New York City on New Year's Eve 1969 and New Year's Day 1970.  It'll be released November 22 as a five-CD package and digitally.

An eight-LP vinyl collection with the same tracks will follow on December 13.

Songs for Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts captures Hendrix's first live performances with Band of Gypsys, whose lineup included bassist Billy Cox and Electric Flag drummer Buddy Miles. The box set features Jimi and his group's four entire Fillmore East sets -- two each on December 31, 1969, and January 1, 1970 -- with the songs sequenced in the order of their performance.

The box set boasts a total of 43 performances, two dozen of which are either previously unreleased commercially or have been newly pressed and newly remixed.

Six songs from the January 1 sets were previously featured on the 1970 Band of Gypsys live album, while several others from the Fillmore East shows have appeared on other releases.

The physical versions of Songs for Groovy Children come packaged with a 40-page booklet containing rare photos and essays. Fans who pre-order the box set's digital edition will receive a free instant download of a previously unreleased performance of "Message to Love," from the second New Year's Eve set. You also can check out the track at Hendrix's official YouTube channel.

Jimi and Band of Gypsys played a variety of then-unreleased tunes at the Fillmore East shows, as well as such well-known songs as "Fire," "Stone Free," "Foxey Lady," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze."

Here the full track list for the box set's five-CD edition:

Disc One: 12/31/69 1st Set

"Power of Soul"
"Lover Man"
"Hear My Train a Comin'" 
"Changes"
"Izabella" 
"Machine Gun" 
"Stop" 
"Ezy Ryder" 
"Bleeding Heart" 
"Earth Blues" 
"Burning Desire"

Disc Two: 12/31/69 2nd Set

"Auld Lang Syne"% 
"Who Knows"%
"Fire" 
"Ezy Ryder"* 
"Machine Gun"% 
"Stone Free"
"Changes"* 
"Message to Love"* 
"Stop"*
"Foxey Lady"

Disc Three: 1/1/70 1st Set

"Who Knows" 
"Machine Gun" 
"Changes"+ 
"Power of Soul"% 
"Stepping Stone"% 
"Foxey Lady"+ 
"Stop"% 
"Earth Blues"+ 
"Burning Desire"%

Disc Four: 1/1/70 2nd Set, Part 1

"Stone Free"% 
"Power of Soul"# 
"Changes"#
"Message to Love"# 
"Machine Gun"% 
"Lover Man"* 
"Steal Away"* 
"Earth Blues"%

Disc Five: 1/1/70 2nd Set, Part 2

"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"%
"We Gotta Live Together"# 
"Wild Thing"% 
"Hey Joe"* 
"Purple Haze"*

* = previously unreleased
+ = first time on CD/LP/streaming (previously only available as part of concert film)
# = longer, unedited versions of previously released material, and newly remixed
% = back in print on CD/LP for the first time in a decade, and newly remixed

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Earth, Wind & Fire honored with portrait in the Smithsonian Institution

Earth, Wind & Fire is being honored by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., which is including a classic portrait of the group in a new exhibit.

The photo from 1978, with the founder of the group, the late Maurice White, standing in front, next to his brother, bassist Verdine White, will go on display November 15 as part of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery “Recent Acquisitions” collection. 

Photos of Morgan Freeman, actor Andy Garcia, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda are also featured in the exhibit, which will remain open through August 30, 2020.

Last month, Los Angeles declared September 21 “Earth Wind & Fire Day” to honor the group's 50th anniversary. That day was selected in recognition of the band’s 1978 #1 single, “September,” which, of course, begins with the lyrics, “Do you remember the 21st night of September?"

The Elements of the Universe will also be among the recipients at the 42nd annual Kennedy Honors on December 8 in Washington, D.C.

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Watch David Gilmour performing at folk-rock icon Richard Thompson's 70th birthday concert

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour was among the many special guests at a concert celebrating the 70th birthday of acclaimed British folk-rock guitarist Richard Thompson, held Monday at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

As seen in fan-shot videos, Gilmour sang and played guitar on a rendition of Thompson's "Dimming of the Day" and Pink Floyd's "Fat Old Sun."

"Dimming of the Day" originally appeared on Richard's 1975 album Pour Down Like Silver, recorded with his then-wife Linda.  Gilmour delivered a solo during the performance that included a portion of the one he played on Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb."

"Fat Old Sun," which was written by David, appeared on the 1970 Floyd album Atom Heart Mother.

Gilmour also joined Thompson and the other guests for a finale performance of "Meet on the Ledge," a song by Fairport Convention, the influential British folk-rock group co-founded by Richard.

Other artists who joined Thompson at the concert: Linda Thompson, Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls -- a.k.a. comic actor Harry Shearer -- and some of Richard's former Fairport Convention band mates.

In other news, Pink Floyd recently premiered an early, previously unreleased version of "High Hopes," a song from the band's 1994 studio album The Division Bell, on its official YouTube channel. The track will appear on the huge Pink Floyd The Later Years box set, which will be released on November 29.

The 16-disc collection, which focuses on the band's post-Roger Waters output, features five CDs, six Blu-rays and five DVDs. A two-LP or single-CD "highlights" package also will be available.

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Styx kicks off final 2019 concerts this week; starts lining up 2020 tour schedule

Styx will launch its final run of 2019 North American concerts this Thursday, October 3, in Sugar Land, Texas. The veteran rockers have a total of 19 shows left on their itinerary this year, mapped out through a December 15 performance in El Paso, Texas.

Three of the concerts will be special shows where Styx will its entire 2017 concept album The Mission, along with various hits and gems from their back catalog. Those events will take place November 7 and 16 in Westbury, New York, and November 9 in Boston.

The band's also lined up seven shows for 2020, running from a January 10-11 stand in Phoenix through a January 19 concert in Las Vegas. Many more dates are expected to be announced soon.

Here are all of Styx's confirmed upcoming concerts:

10/3 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre
10/4 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino
10/5 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Event Center
10/6 -- Columbia, SC, The Township Auditorium
10/8 -- Flint, MI, The Capital Theatre
10/10 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
10/12 -- Danville, KY, Norton Center for the Arts
11/7 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury*
11/8 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Rivers Casino
11/9 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre*
11/10 -- Utica, NY, The Stanley Theatre
11/12 -- Rochester, NY, Main Street Armory
11/14 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
11/15 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
11/16 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury*
12/12 -- Edinburg, TX, Bert Ogden Arena
12/13 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theater
12/14 -- Norman, OK, Riverwind Casino
12/15 -- El Paso, TX, Abraham Chavez Theatre

2020:

1/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
1/11 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
1/12 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
1/14 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
1/15 -- San Jose, CA, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
1/17 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Casino
1/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl

* = featuring a full performance of The Mission.

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Neil Young premieres animated video "love letter" to planet Earth from him and wife Daryl Hannah

Neil Young has shared a new animated video titled "A Love Letter from Us," on which he collaborated with his wife, actress/environmental activist Daryl Hannah, that's directed towards planet Earth.

The minute-plus-long video cartoon, which has been posted on the Neil Young Archives site and Young's official YouTube channel, offers depictions of various natural aspects of the planet we live on as a series of observations pointing out unique things about the Earth appear on screen.

The observations include: "Earth, the only planet we have found so far…that has air," "Earth the only planet we have found so far…with water coming outta the ground…(or anywhere!)," "Earth the only planet we have found so far…with wondrous whimsical creatures," and "Earth the only planet in the universe we have found so far…that has life. Love Life."

The video is soundtracked by a simple strummed acoustic guitar, and is accompanied by a note that reads, "Thanks for being our home…"

The clip comes in advance of the October 25 release of Young's new studio album with Crazy Horse, Colorado.

The album, which features cover art designed by Hannah, includes the climate-change-themed track Rainbow of Colors" that reflects some of the sentiments touched on in the new video.

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The Who's Pete Townshend reveals band has plans to play 2020 New Orleans Jazz Fest

The Who's Pete Townshend has apparently let slip some exciting news about the band's touring plans for 2020, announcing that the rock legends are slated to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival next year.

In a video posted on his Instagram late last week in which he was discussing the three concerts The Who had to postpone because of frontman Roger Daltrey getting sick, Townshend says, "We're doing the New Orleans Jazz Festival, I believe, and we'll probably come straight in to Dallas and Houston, and up to Denver to replace those shows."

Pete notes that the makeup shows probably will take place in April or May, and also reveals that Daltrey had come down with a case of bronchitis, while adding that the singer "is getting better already."

The guitarist also apologized to fans for the postponements, saying, "Sorry, for anybody that's really gonna be put out. I know it's not just about the tickets, it's about all kinds of other stuff: making arrangements with family, and…babysitters, if you happen to have children…So listen, I'm sorry again, but we will be back and we will fulfill those dates."

As previously reported, Daltrey's health issues forced The Who to cut short their concert last Wednesday in Houston after about 50 minutes, and they subsequently postponed their shows in Dallas and Denver, respectively, on Friday and Sunday.

The Who's next scheduled show is October 9 in San Francisco, and the current North American leg of the band's Moving On! Tour is plotted out through an October 24 concert in Los Angeles. The group's first new studio album in 13 years, WHOwill be released on November 22.

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New posthumous Harry Nilsson studio album, 'Losst and Founnd,' to be released in November

Watch videos! It's been more than 25 years since the world has been without Harry Nilsson, who died in January 1994 at the age of 52, but a brand-new album by the acclaimed singer/songwriter called Losst and Founnd is set to be released on November 22.

The album features songs that Nilsson had been working on at the time of his death, and includes nine original tunes, plus covers of Jimmy Webb's "What Does a Woman See in a Man" and Yoko Ono's "Listen, the Snow Is Falling."

Veteran producer and songwriter Mark Hudson, who was collaborating with Nilsson on the project, oversaw the completion of the album.

Losst and Founnd's liner notes includes a new message Hudson penned to Nilsson about the record. It reads: "Dear Harry...It's been a little over 25 years since we've had one of 'our conversations' and I can't tell you how much I miss your wisdom, humor, passion, stories, and most of all...your music...Anyway, I finally finished the record we were working on...All of your ideas I would write down, and I have put them into this project...Making this album was a dream come true for me. I promised you we would finish it and get it out there one day and that day has finally come!"

The album features contributions from a variety of guest artists, including Webb, songwriter Van Dyke Parks, famed session drummer Jim Keltner, and Harry's son Kiefo.

The record's lead track, "Lost and Found," is available now as a digital single and via streaming services. You also can check it out at Nilsson's official YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, a four-series podcast focusing on the making of Losst and Foundd as expected to premiere in advance of the album's release.

Here's the album's track list:

"Lost and Found"
"Woman Oh Woman"
"U.C.L.A."
"Hi-Heel Sneakers/Rescue Boy" Medley 
"Lullaby"
"Animal Farm"
"Listen, the Snow Is Falling"
"Try"
"Love Is the Answer"
"Yo Dodger Blue"
"What Does a Woman See in a Man"

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Watch Bruce Springsteen performing at preview party for new museum exhibit in his New Jersey hometown

Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a preview party Saturday for the "Springsteen: His Hometown" exhibit housed at the Monmouth County Historical Association in the Boss' hometown of Freehold, New Jersey.

The popular Springsteen fan site Backstreets.com reports that Bruce showed up at about 7 p.m. and took a tour of the exhibit, then joined his old pals Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, one of the event's previously announced performers, for a rocking rendition of his song "Light of Day."

As seen in fan-shot video posted on  YouTube, Springsteen told the crowd just prior to playing the song, "I can't stay long, I've got my family in the city. But I wanted to just come down and thank everybody for supporting the Historical Association…It's nice to be honored in your hometown, and I hope you guys have a great night."

According to Backstreets.com, the party also included a silent auction that included famous photos of Bruce taken by Danny Clinch and Frank Stefanko and signed by the photographers. In addition, the event featured a performance by ex-Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes guitarist Bobby Bandiera and his band, as well as appearances by Clinch and former E Street Band drummer Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez.

"Springsteen: His Hometown," which officially opened on Sunday, focuses on the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's contribution and connection to the Monmouth County, New Jersey, area. Among the more than 150 pieces of memorabilia on display are tour and album cover props, song lyrics, old newspaper clippings and a fire truck Bruce donated to Freehold in 1991. The exhibit will run until the fall of 2020.

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In the mood for a melody? Robert Plant to release 'Digging Deep' vinyl singles box set in December

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant is celebrating the launch of the second season of his popular podcast Digging Deep by announcing a limited-edition vinyl box set.  The package, coming on December 13, is also called Digging Deep, and features eight seven-inch singles.

The Digging Deep collection includes a total of 16 tracks, with two songs apiece taken from the first eight of Plant's post-Zeppelin solo studio albums. Among the songs are such rock radio hits as "Burning Down One Side," "Big Log," "In the Mood," "Little by Little," "Ship of Fools," "Tall Cool One," "Hurting Kind," "Calling to You," "29 Palms" and "Shine It All Around," as well as a cover of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren."

The eight discs are housed in a hardback book, with restored artwork from the original singles' packaging. You can pre-order the box set now.

Plant discusses some songs featured in the collection in the latest season of his Digging Deep podcast, the first episode of which debuted on Sunday, September 29. Five more episodes will be available in the coming weeks. You can check out Digging Deep at Robert's official YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, Plant has three dates remaining on his latest U.S. tour leg with current backing group The Sensational Space Shifters. Here's a list of the shows:

10/1 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theater
10/3 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater
10/5 -- San Francisco, CA, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

And here's the track list of the Digging Deep box set:

Disc 1
Side A: "Burning Down One Side"
Side B: "Like I've Never Been Gone"

Disc 2
Side A: "Big Log" 
Side B: "In the Mood"

Disc 3
Side A: "Too Loud" 
Side B: "Little by Little"

Disc 4
Side A: "Ship of Fools" 
Side B: "Tall Cool One"

Disc 5
Side A: "Hurting Kind" 
Side B: "Tie Dye on the Highway"

Disc 6
Side A: "Calling to You" 
Side B: "29 Palms"

Disc 7
Side A: "Song to the Siren"
Side B: "Morning Dew"

Disc 8
Side A: "Shine It All Around" 
Side B: "Tin Pan Valley"

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Cream drummer Ginger Baker "holding his own" in health battle

Some encouraging news has emerged regarding the health of Ginger Baker, after his family announced last week that the legendary Creamdrummer was "critically ill in hospital."

A new update posted on Baker's official Facebook page reports, "Ginger is holding his own." The message adds, "thank you for all your good wishes. He is receiving visits from close family & very special friends."

Accompanying the note is a photo from 1997 that shows Ginger, along with his late ex-wife Liz and their three children -- daughters Nettie and Leda, and son Kofi.

As previously reported, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who turned 80 in August, has experienced a number of health issues in recent years. In 2013, Baker revealed that he was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic back pain, and in 2016 he underwent open-heart surgery after being diagnosed with a serious heart condition.

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